Man kidnapped over land dispute
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.