Man kid­napped over land dis­pute

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Three men have gone on trial charged with kid­nap­ping a landowner and de­mand­ing a piece of his prop­erty as ran­som, the Dubai Court of First In­stance was told. Pros­e­cu­tors claim the men, from Pak­istan, kid­napped the 25-year-old, also Pak­istani, near his home in Al Qu­sais be­fore lock­ing him in­side an apart­ment in Shar­jah. They al­legedly beat the vic­tim up be­fore de­mand­ing his fa­ther to reg­is­ter a piece of land in the name of an­other sus­pect who is still at large. Pros­e­cu­tors said that on April 11 two cars stopped be­side the man, the at­tack­ers jumped out, dragged him into one of the cars and drove to Shar­jah. “They dragged me into the car and slapped me in the face be­fore blind­fold­ing me and steal­ing my phone and Dhs3,000,” the vic­tim said. “They re­moved the blind­fold, and I was in a room and the sus­pects were hav­ing din­ner. They threat­ened to hand me over to Abu Dhabi Po­lice be­cause I was in the coun­try il­le­gally.” It’s claimed the de­fen­dants called the man’s fa­ther in Pak­istan and told him that they had locked up his son and will hand him to po­lice if he re­fused to give them land. The fa­ther re­fused and they dropped the vic­tim out­side a po­lice sta­tion in Abu Dhabi. The three sus­pects were ar­rested in a trap later. “I was sen­tenced to two months fol­lowed by de­por­ta­tion for stay­ing il­le­gally,” the vic­tim added. The three men de­nied charges of kid­nap and the trial was ad­journed un­til next month.

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