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Caller jailed for threatening to blow up Dubai landmarks

Pakistani man faces three years in jail for threatening to attack malls, skyscrapers if not paid AED1m

Caller jailed for threatening to blow up Dubai landmarks
FOUND GUILTY A Pakistani man has been sentenced to three years in jail after a Dubai court found him guilty of threatening to blow up landmarks in Dubai (Getty Images)

A Pakistani man has been sentenced to three years in jail after a Dubai court found him guilty of threatening to blow up landmarks in the emirate.

The 31-year-old defendant was accused of calling officers at Dubai International Airport and demanding AED1m (272,272) and the release of three friends detained in Sharjah, Gulf News reported.

The man said he would attack Dubai malls and skyscrapers if his demands were denied.

“I am guilty… I did so because I remained six months unemployed. I looked for a job but got rejected in all interviews. I was impoverished and in a destitute situation and suffered a state of despair when I did what I did,” HA was quoted as telling the Dubai Court of First Instance.

The defendant said he did not realise he was speaking to police officers when he made the threat.

“I was bankrupt and in a state of complete hopelessness… I dialled a random phone number,” he said.

The man will be deported after serving his prison term.

Sultan 8 years ago

Just because a person wears a suit does not necessarily mean he is a civilized person from a civilized society. After all, looks can be very deceiving.

Bastian 8 years ago

I am not surprised at all. It is time the UAE follow into the footsteps of Europe and USA and carry out a thorough screening and imposed visa restrictions. Such an open door policy is not advisable in such times.

Mohamed Anwar Sadat 8 years ago

This is a surprise.

I expected to see a American unabomber-style maniac on clicking the news link. Instead, I see a south Asian Muslim.

If this guy had any brains, he could have easily built a network in the mosques and find a vocation in the retail or banking industries. Instead, his urge to destruct has clouded his urge to construct. Everything depends on the quality of education, I guess.