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Mon 18 Aug 2008 08:29 AM

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Footballer jailed for making gunshot threats

Warrant out for arrest of Al Nasr player after he fails to attend court to face charges.

A warrant for the arrest an Emirati football star was issued yesterday after he failed to attend court for threatening to shoot an innocent passerby.

Salah Abbas, 26, who plays for Al Nasr club in Dubai, was sentenced to three years in prison having twice not attended to face charges of illegal possession of a deadly weapon, threatening behaviour and endangering the lives of others, according to UAE daily 7 Days.

The incident took place in March when the victim left a hotel in Bur Dubai and saw Abbas yelling at a woman.

“I went towards him and tried to calm him down but he told me to go away or he would slap me,” the victim said in the court records. The men then began to argue, forcing the hotel’s security to break them up.

The victim, 35, said that a friend of Abbas’ then tried to make the peace between them but as they were talking the footballer pulled out a gun.

“He suddenly raised a pistol and pointed it at me. He then shot one bullet into the air and told me to get down on my knees,” the victim added.

Abbas then told his cowering victim to kiss his friend’s foot, threatening to shoot him if he refused.