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Irate journalist runs over guard

An American journalist working for an English daily from Abu Dhabi has run over an Egyptian security guard at the entrance of a university here because the guard denied him access to the campus.

  • By Nasouh Nazzal, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 23:13 March 4, 2009
  • Gulf News

Ras Al Khaimah: An American journalist working for an English daily from Abu Dhabi has run over an Egyptian security guard at the entrance of a university here because the guard denied him access to the campus.

The security guard did not allow entry to the journalist identified as "J." because he did not have an "entrance permission" which is a must for visitors as per the university regulations.

Sources here said that the American journalist tried his best to persuade the guard to let him in but the guard totally refused and reported the case to the university management which dispatched an employee to the university gate to handle the situation.

Once the American journalist spotted the employee he got into his car, ran over the Egyptian guard and fled the scene.

The university management reported the case to the police which then summoned J. so that they could conduct investigations.

The security guard was referred to the hospital where he was treated and discharged.

The journalist confessed to the offences and the assault and the police then referred the case to the emirate's Public Prosecution for further investigation.

The Egyptian security guard is demanding Dh50,000 in compensation, and the university is demanding to continue with the case against the journalist and his sponsoring organisation.

The sources stressed that the case would be referred to the Misdemeanour Court today should the guard's demands not basically be fulfilled.

The sources said that it has been reported that this particular journalist had repeatedly entered the university surreptitiously.

He had entered with the university students and without holding any proper permission and this harmed the university's image.

The sources said that the journalist had violated the privacy of the university.

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