Expat arrested for Dubai mall parking fire that destroyed 11 cars

The police have arrested an Asian suspect, who allegedly set one of the cars on fire after he had a heated argument with its driver.

The incident took place on Saturday evening in a parking lot outside the Dubai Outlet Mall.

The suspect was a driver who transported the staff members of the shopping mall. “After he had the argument with his compatriot, he set the latter’s car on fire as revenge. The flames spread to 10 other vehicles parked in the lot,” a police source said.

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As the police were investigating the fire, they found that the car from which the fire started was parked in a safe place. “There were no inflammable materials in or around the car.”

Further investigations led the police to the suspect, who was arrested “as he was getting ready to flee the country”. He sustained some burns in his hand when he started the fire.

The Asian accused is currently undergoing interrogation and will be referred to public prosecution for further investigations.

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Emirati lawyer Awatif Mohammed from Al Roowad Advocates said, “As per the UAE penal code number 3 for the year 1987, starting a fire in a building or a car is punishable by up to seven years in prison.”

She added that according to Article 308 of the same law, if the fire caused the death of a person, the suspect may face death penalty.

 

Source Credit: Khaleej Times

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