‘People’s lives are priceless - give way to paramedics’
A UAE businessman who was detained by armed police at a US hotel when a clerk became suspicious of his kandoura is to take his demand for compensation to a federal court.
Ahmed Al Menhali, 41, said that he and the investors he represents have faced financial setbacks over the incident in Ohio in July.
He told 7DAYS that he will ask a federal judge for $450 million compensation over his false arrest. Al Menhali claimed he was representing a number of investors in a $1 billion deal when the arrest took place.
Al Menhali told 7DAYS: “I will ask for $450 million compensation for the damages and humiliation. I will go to the US Federal Court to defend my rights.”
The incident in July unfolded when a hotel receptionist called the local Avon Police Department, saying that she was suspicious of Al Menhali because of his national dress and the fact he was carrying at least two mobile phones. Some reports stated she even made reference to the terror group ISIS. The father-of-three had been in the US for several months after having heart surgery. Footage released by police showed him being handcuffed and dragged around by armed officers, before one opens Al Menhali’swallet and tosses bank cards, an Emirates ID and pictures onto the bonnet of a squad car.
Al Menhali was released but later hospitalised. He took the case to court but Associated Press reported that Lorain County’s prosecutor declined to bring any charges against anyone over the case.
Al Menhali said that he believed the incident was deliberate to disrupt the business deal he was working on, though he did not elaborate.
He said: “I was the middleman between Emirati investors who were willing to invest $1 billion in the US. Some people didn’t want the deal to be done so they made this conspiracy to ruin the business.” Police have issued renewed pleas for motorists to give way for emergency vehicles after witnessing a number of incidents when motorists refused to give a way to ambulances. A new campaign, Give Way To Ambulances, aims to raise awareness about the importance of making room on the roads and allowing emergency vehicles to pass. Brigadier Omar Al Shamsi, Deputy Director of Operations Department at Dubai Police, said: “We have a problem with some motorists who don’t give way to emergency vehicles. “People’s lives are priceless and one second can save lives. Give way to save a life in Dubai.” Khalifa Bin Darri, Executive Director of the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, said:“There are many people who do not give way to ambulances, which delays them from reaching those in need.”
DEFENDING HIS RIGHTS: Ahmed Al Menhali was arrested at a hotel in Ohio