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Worker organised gambling game over bridge in Deira.


A construction worker has been accused organising a gambling game atop a pedestrian bridge to the public for Dh100 per gambler.

The 29-year-old Bangladeshi worker, R.B., was said to have fixed an ironing table along with a belt and a screwdriver over the bridge and organised a gambling game before police arrested him in Al Khaleej Street in May 2015.

Law enforcement officers were said to have raided the bridge while the men were gambling and arrested R.B. in addition to two Indian workers, 32-year-old B.A. and 28-year-old Z.A.

Prosecutors charged R.B. with organising a gambling game in an open place and allowing the public to gamble.

Meanwhile B.A. and Z.A. were also accused of gambling.

The Indian defendants entered a not guilty plea when they showed up before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday.

"Yes I organised a gambling game," the Bangladeshi suspect told presiding judge Ezzat Abdul Lat in courtroom three.

According to the accusation sheet, prosecutors said R.B. set the ironing table and put on it a belt that he rolled round the screwdriver. Then he asked the gamblers to pay Dh100 each and let the belt unroll and the gambler would get back his money plus Dh100 if the screwdriver gets stuck in the belt.

A Yemeni policeman testified to prosecutors that Dubai Police's operation room were informed that a gathering of workers were gambling on top of the bridge between the Deira Fish Market and Hyatt Regency Hotel.

"We headed to the bridge at 5.20pm and found a gathering of workers surrounding a man [R.B.] who seemed to be the person organising the gambling game. Two workers [who turned out to be B.A. and Z.A.] were participating. We arrested the three suspects aACA* and upon searching them, we found playing cards. I also found Dh100 each with B.A. and Z.A. We confiscated the ironing table, belt and screwdriver and took the defendants to the police station for further questioning. Upon questioning, R.B. confessed he had brought the game tools and organised the gambling game," the policeman claimed.

A ruling will be heard in August.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jun 26, 2015
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