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article imageEmirati policeman jailed for life for raping Japanese tourist

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By Katerina Nikolas     Mar 8, 2012 in World
Dubai - An Emirati policeman who lured a 24-year-old Japanese tourist into his car, drove her into the Dubai desert and raped her, has been found guilty of rape. The Dubai Court sentenced him to life in prison.
The Japanese victim, identified only as M.F., arrived in the United Arab Emirates on March 8 last year. Gulf Today reported on March 14 she visited the Hatta heritage site, taking a bus to her destination. As she asked the driver for details of areas of interest her attacker approached in his vehicle and offered to take her to a nearby historical site. M.F. said she accepted as she was tired and stuck.
Instead of taking her to the Hatta Heritage Village the policeman drove her to a remote desert area where he attacked her. According to Emirates 247 Bur Dubai's public prosecutor, Sami Al Shamsi, told the Dubai Court “He took advantage of the fact that the woman did not know the area…he took her to a mountainous area and tried to rape her. When she resisted, he beat her up, ripped her clothes and pushed her on the ground…he then raped her before taking her back to the bus station in Hatta…she later went to Dubai and reported him.”
The policeman, a Gulf national identified only as S.B., strongly denied kidnapping and raping the victim, according to the Gulf News. However his guilt was confirmed through DNA tests. His victim returned to Dubai to testify in court. The rapist was sentenced to life in prison.
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