Policeman charged with stealing DVD at Dubai Airport


By Bassam Za’Za’  gulfnews.com

Emirati policeman accused of stealing the DVD from Duty Free and hiding it under his jacket

Dubai PoliceA policeman landed in court on Wednesday for stealing a DVD of the science-fiction action movie of Avatar from Dubai International Airport’s Duty Free Section.

Prosecutors accused the 23-year-old Emirati policeman of stealing the AvatarDVD and hiding it under his jacket before leaving his post as a duty policeman at the Airport.

The suspect failed to attend Wednesday’s hearing at the Dubai Court of First Instance.

Presiding Judge Fahmi Mounir Fahmi adjourned the case until the defendant is legally notified about next hearing’s date on April 20.

According to the charges sheet, prosecutors said the suspect, M.N., went to the Duty Free, took the DVD from the shelf and hid it his jacket before walking away without paying for the item.

An Indian sales attendant, who works at the Duty Free, claimed to prosecutors that she spotted the defendant taking the DVD and hiding it in his jacket.

“I headed to the nearest guardsman and informed him what I saw. Then I told my supervisor at work,” the Indian claimed.

An Emirati police corporal claimed in his prosecution statement: “M.N. works under my supervision. Dubai Police’s criminal records unit informed me that M.N. should report to them immediately. The suspect was off for one week… when he returned, I asked him to visit the aforesaid unit. Later we discovered that he was wanted for reportedly taking the DVD. Preliminary investigations revealed that he was spotted on the surveillance cameras taking the DVD.”

Prosecution records said the defendant admitted that he took the DVD.