Being a police officer is a dangerous undertaking, and one of the UAE's finest, serving at Dubai International Airport, was reminded of that danger on May 31 this year.
The police officer was assaulted by a 26-year-old Uzbek passenger while on duty at the airport, reports Gulf News. The man attacked the police officer with a chair, and then proceeded to sit on his chest and punch him until another officer intervened.
The suspect pleaded guilty when he appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance to the charge of physically assaulting the officer on duty and that he was sorry for the altercation.
“I’m sorry for what I have done and I want to apologise to the man,” said the accused.
The passenger arrived at Terminal 1 on May 31 this year en route from Egypt and was waiting to catch his flight to his home country when officers stopped him and asked him to proceed to the interrogation room for questioning.
A 24-year-old Emirati police officer testified that he was ordered to stop the passenger and keep him under custody for further questioning.
“The suspect told me he doesn’t have a passport but has a travel document. After some questions, he went to the door and locked it before throwing a chair on me and then punched me in the face and knocked me down and kept assaulting me,” the Emirati officer said, according to official records.
Another officer, who was outside, helped his colleague and stopped the suspect’s attack. The aftermath of the attack left the officer with a broken and bloody nose along with a 1.5cm cut above his left eyebrow.
The passenger said he couldn't control his anger after the officer asked him a number of questions, and that he was already nervous as he had been deported from Egypt, where he had spent 10 years with his family.
“I was detained because I wasn’t carrying a passport but I did have a travel document with a ticket to Uzbekistan because I lost my passport and stayed illegally in Egypt. I was thinking of my family in Egypt and the unknown future for me in my country as I don’t know anyone in Uzbekistan since I had been in Egypt for a long time. Then I was angry and assaulted the officer,” the passenger said.
A verdict will be issued later this month.