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Eight Indian workers cleared of rioting, arson.

Summary: Suspects acquitted of inciting 300 workers to strike, start fires over weak evidence

Dubai: Eight men were acquitted on Sunday of running riot at a labour accommodation, setting fire to properties deliberately and causing damage worth around Dh353,000.

The eight Indian workers - three blacksmiths, three carpenters and two labourers - were said to have incited hundreds of workers to go on a strike, started deliberate fires to different properties and wrecked cars, offices, machinery and electronics at the accommodation in Jebel Ali in January.

One of the company's administrative manager had claimed that the suspects, aged between 23 and 34, encouraged nearly 300 workers to riot, destroy properties and start fires after their management barred them from bringing liquor to the accommodation.

Citing lack of corroborated and decisive evidence, the Dubai Court of First Instance cleared all eight of the charges.

The accused had pleaded not guilty and rejected what they described as prosecutors' unfounded accusations.

When they defended themselves before presiding judge Mohammad Jamal, the eight workers refuted the charge of inciting others to riot in an illegal manner and to assemble in public without obtaining proper permission from the authorities.

A police corporal told prosecutors that Dubai Police were informed about workers rioting at the accommodation at Dubai Industrial City.

"We were also informed that the rioters had destroyed properties and set a number of properties on fire intentionally - a huge number of police officers and lieutenants were dispatched to the location. Initially, we were told that workers had been rioting because they wanted the keys of their rooms [where they had been sleeping] since several of them had been robbed while they were at work. On-site interrogations revealed that a blacksmith named S.S. had masterminded the riot and incited others to demonstrate illegally. Meanwhile another blacksmith, identified as S.H., burnt a mechanical device, incited workers, and participated with them in hurling rocks and stones at the premises. A third suspect, identified as M.S., climbed to the rooftop of a block and tossed a water tank," the corporal said.

"Primary interrogations revealed that each suspect played a different role in running the riot. The eight suspects alleged that they were asleep when the riot happened - However, the accommodations' security guards testified that the suspects were the ones inciting and encouraging the workers to riot and destroy the premises," the corporal testified.

An Egyptian guard said workers started grouping and rioting around 7pm.

The company's Palestinian administrative manager testified that the suspected workers had earlier alleged that they rioted because they had been robbed and demanded their rooms' keys to lock them.

"It is believed that they rioted after the company's decision to prevent them from bringing liquor into the accommodation and after several bottles of liquor were confiscated. The suspects incited the workers to demonstrate because several of them are bootleggers and had been selling liquor inside the premises," he claimed.

According to yesterday's ruling, the available pieces of evidence were insufficient and unfounded enough to establish who had started the riots and fires and staged the strikes.

The primary ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

According to yesterday's ruling, the available pieces of evidence were insufficient and unfounded enough to establish who had started the riots and fires and staged the strikes.

The primary ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

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