Sunday, May 20, 2012

UAE: Former Dubai Cop Loses Appeal in Rape of Japanese Tourist, Life Sentence Stands

As a follow-up to my December 28, 2011 posting, earlier today (May 20) a former Dubai policeman failed to win his appeal of a life sentence for his abduction and rape of a Japanese tourist, 24, in Hatta. Hence he will remain in prison for the rest of his life.

The defendant  pleaded not guilty and refuted the Japanese woman's kidnap and rape claims. Meanwhile, his lawyers asked court to acquit him of kidnap and rape or to modify the charges to consensual sex.

COMMENT: As many of my 1,200+ postings advocate, foreign tourists and travelers are urged to be cautious and suspicious and avoid accepting rides from people they don't know, particularly public officials who are not on duty.

In retrospect it would have been much wiser for the tourist in this case to have arranged for a licensed hotel taxi or guide to show her the sites rather than accepting a ride from a stranger.