Drugs found under car mat
Court hears masked men burst into exchange
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