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Case transferred to Public Prosecution.

Dubai Police acted swiftly in apprehending a senior government official for allegedly assaulting a van driver following a minor traffic accident after the incident was posted on YouTube.

Police yesterday transferred the case of to the Public Prosecution. Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Acting Chief of Dubai Police, told Gulf News: "Dubai Police apprehended the government official and called the van driver after taking cognizance of the case. Though the van driver did not file a complaint against the official immediately after the incident on Saturday, police acted swiftly in public interest."

Police said the Indian van driver clipped the Emirati official's four-wheel drive in Muraqqabat area and drove away without bothering to stop - which is against the law. The official chased down the driver, stopped him and allegedly assaulted him. Maj Gen Al Mazeina said: "The suspect told police during investigations that the van driver verbally abused him after the accident. Even if it is true that the van driver verbally abused the official, no one has the right to take the law into their own hands."

He said the incident "is inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour". "This kind of behaviour is not a part of our tradition or morals."

Sources from Dubai Public Prosecution confirmed to Gulf News that investigations started in the afternoon as soon as they received the case.

Advocate Mohammad Abdullah Al Redha told Gulf News: "It became a case of disdain and disparagement and particularly that it's Ramadan, the month of mercy and forgiveness. When such incidents develop into a matter of public opinion and concern, police have the right to refer the case to prosecutors. According to the Criminal Procedures Law's article 10, the Public Prosecution [in its capacity as the legal representative of the public right] can order the police to open an official complaint against the government official even if the van driver doesn't do so."

People took to social media to comment. A user who identified himself as Saeed Al Adawi wrote: "The country has laws and taking matters in your own hands does not work."

- With additional inputs from Noorhan Barakat/Staff Reporter

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Date:Jul 17, 2013
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