Drugs found un­der car mat

Court hears masked men burst into ex­change

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By Ali Al Shouk A court has been told of the dra­matic mo­ment six men al­legedly raided an ex­change of­fice and threat­ened staff with weapons be­fore spray­ing them with tear­gas.

The day­light heist took place in Karama and Dhs700,000 was taken, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Dubai Court of First In­stance heard the rob­bers fired the tasers at three cus­tomers and sprayed a mem­ber of staff in the face with gas dur­ing the in­ci­dent at Al Ra­zouki Ex­change on De­cem­ber 13, 2015.

The men then fled in a BMW be­fore set­ting fire to the ve­hi­cle in a nearby street. De­tails of the in­ci­dent were de­tailed as five Kyr­gyzs­tan na­tion­als went on trial ac­cused of armed rob­bery, as­sault, set­ting fire to a car and steal­ing a num­ber plate.

A 24-year-old In­dian em­ployee tes­ti­fied that she was wiring money for a cus­tomer when the men burst in.

She said: “They were masked and used tear­gas on my face. One eye was hurt and I man­aged to see through the sec­ond one and run to the back door with the other em­ploy­ees. They were car­ry­ing a taser gun and a pis­tol.”

Within three min­utes they had fled the scene. Dubai Po­lice found the black BMW six blocks away. It had been fit­ted with a stolen plate num- ber and had been bought in the Al Awir area us­ing fake doc­u­ments.

Judge Fa­had Al Shamsi heard two of the men were ar­rested at Dubai In­ter - na­tional Air­port as they tried to leave the coun­try.

Another three were ar­rested at a flat in an un­spec­i­fied area of the city. They re­sisted ar­rest and as­saulted three po­lice of­fi­cers, the court was told.

Po­lice said two of the men had been de­ported in the past and had man­aged to re-en­ter the UAE via the Oman bor­der in the days be­fore the raid.

The head of the gang re­mains at large, the court heard, although po­lice man­aged to re­cov­ery most of the money.

All five deny the charges against them and the trial is due to con­tinue next month. A man ar­rested af­ter mar­i­juana was found in his car claims the drugs be­longed to one of his co-work­ers. The In­dian man is on trial at Shar­jah Crim­i­nal Court, where he faces a charge of pos­sess­ing drugs. He was ar­rested in the Al Nahda area of Shar­jah. A search of his car by anti-nar­cotics of­fi­cers found sev­eral mar­i­juana joints. The drugs were hid­den un­der the mat in the footwell of the front pas­sen­ger seat. The court, presided over by Judge Hus­sein Al As­sofi, heard that the sus­pect was driv­ing the car when he was stopped and ar­rested. The sus­pect ad­mit­ted that the mar­i­juana was found in his car but he de­nied that it be­longed to him. He told the judge: “The mar­i­juana be­longs to another per­son who works with me at the same com­pany.” The de­fen­dant gave de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about his co-worker to the court. The trial has been ad­journed un­til Oc­to­ber 10.

ARMED: A scene from a re-en­act­ment of the rob­bery and (left) po­lice shots of the sus­pects

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