Dubai Police launched an intensive investigation and arrested a group of five Ethiopian men for the robbery. Image Credit: Pixabay

Dubai: A gang of five men has been accused of robbing Dh4 million at knife-point from an employee of a Dubai commercial company.

The Dubai Court of First Instance was told that in October 2020, two employees at the company were instructed to encash a Dh4 million cheque and bring the money to the company’s office at Al Muraqqabat area here. As the two employees were stepping out of their vehicle with the cash, the Ethiopian defendants stole the money, assaulted the two employees, threatened them with a knife before fleeing from the area.

A 29-year-old Indian employee testified that he had encashed the cheque from a local bank on Shaikh Zayed Road and put the cash in a black bag before driving back to their company premises, along with one of his workmates. “As I was stepping out of the car in Al Muraqqabat area, three men attacked us. One raised a knife at me, while a second person snatched the bag. I tried to resist them, but they escaped,” said the Indian employee on record.

Dubai Police launched an intensive investigation and arrested a group of five Ethiopian men.

“They admitted to renting a car to monitor bank customers. They saw the victims carrying the bag of money and followed them to Al Muraqqabat area before attacking them,” said a 27-year-old Emirati policeman on record.

The defendants divided part of the money between themselves and gave Dh200,000 to one of their Ethiopian friends for it to be wired to his home country. The rest of the cash was hidden in an empty house in Ajman.

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Dubai Police also arrested three Ethiopian defendants for possessing the money. Dubai Public Prosecution has charged the five defendants with robbery, while the other three defendants were charged for possessing stolen money.

The next hearing is scheduled for February 4.