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Man cleared over Burj Khalifa bomb hoax

Businessman acquitted of sending SMS threat to blow-up world's tallest building

Man cleared over Burj Khalifa bomb hoax

A Dubai court has acquitted a man of sending a text message threatening to blow up the Burj Khalifa if he was not paid a ransom of US$1m (AED3.67m).

The Dubai Court of First Instance cleared the 38-year old Indian national, JF, of sending a message to a senior police official that read “tomorrow Burj Khalifa blast arrange no arrange 1,000,000 dollar take”, local media reported.

“I did not threaten him at all. I deny this charge. I didn't do such a thing,” JF told the court on Sunday.

Major Ahmad Juma Mohammed in October told the court that he received the text message at around 4pm on February 2.

“What I understood from the SMS was that there was a threat that Burj Khalifa would be blown up if or if not US$1m was paid,” he told the court.

"Thereafter I immediately reported the matter to Dubai Police's Operation Room and forwarded the SMS to them,” he said.

A 35-year old Pakistani bartender told the court that the accused had admitted trying to set his friend up, referred to in court records as Chaudary. 

“He was boasting to me that he is a big businessman and he can put anyone in jail while pointing at Chaudary, who was standing away from us, he then told me that he sent a text message from Chaudary's phone that landed him immediately in jail and he can put him back there again,” he said.

“I told Chaudary what was said by JF, and he took action.”

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