(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) An expat, who allegedly threatened to kill a female compatriot if she got him jailed, was charged at a Dubai court on Sunday.
The Court of First Instance heard that the 39-year-old Ethiopian man, who works as a driver, sent the complainant several messages on WhastApp, in which he made the death threats.
One of the messages read: 'If you get me arrested, you won't live in Ethiopia and neither will your offspring.' Another message read: 'Do you think you will live in Ethiopia? You are going to die.'
He faced a charge of making criminal threats online. The man has been detained.
The case dates back to January 2019. A complaint was lodged at Al Qusais police station.
The complainant, 21, said she had known the defendant for about seven months because of her brother, who is also a driver. "He would give me lifts sometimes. We had no previous disputes. But in January this year, he threatened to kill me."
The complainant told the prosecutor that the accused sent her messages on WhatsApp, in which he threatened her. "A message read: 'I did not deny the money. It is better for you to live in the Arab countries'."
During the public prosecution investigation, she said that a few months prior to the complaint, she had lent the defendant Dh2,500 while the latter owes another Dh2,000 to her brother. "I gave him a three-month deadline to pay the money back as he requested. But he did not settle his dues. When I claimed the money back again, he threatened me."
The defendant admitted to the charge in front of the public prosecution investigator.
A copy of the messages, he sent, were translated and used as evidence enclosed to the case file.
A verdict will be issued on May 29.
Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich criminal imagination...