A tourist visiting Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is facing charges of assault and molestation after tapping a police officer’s shoulder to ask for directions.
The incident occurred Dec. 2, 2014. A 49-year-old man from Kazakhstan was roaming around the Dubai Mall Metro Station when he stopped to ask a police officer for directions, 7DaysInDubai reported.
“I’m a tourist and wanted to get to Dubai Mall,” the man said in the Dubai court on April 21. “I saw a policewoman at the station. She was talking to some other people, so I tapped her on the shoulder and she turned around and started yelling.”
The Emirati police officer gave her side of the story.
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“I was talking with some people when the defendant touched my arm near my right shoulder,” she explained. “He asked me about the location of Dubai Mall and I pointed in the direction. I asked him why he touched me and he answered in his own language, which I didn’t understand.”
The 21-year-old officer said the tourist then touched her hand and she became angry. She said she told the man to go with her to the police post, but he refused.
“Two policemen came and asked him to come to police post and he resisted, pushing them away,” she added. “He even tried to touch me again but the policemen stopped him.”
One of the officers who intervened said he did so after hearing his colleague tell the tourist not to touch her.
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The tourist, identified only as K.B., was eventually arrested and is now facing charges of molestation and assault, Gulf News reported. He denied the charges against him and told the judge he had no criminal intention.
“That is not true. I did not molest her,” K.B. said in court. “I only patted her on her shoulder as I wanted to ask her for directions to Dubai Mall … I had no criminal intention at all.”
If found guilty, the tourist could spend up to six months in jail and be deported.
The verdict is due on May 17.
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