Bahrain: Expat accused of kidnap attempt

It’s claimed that the pair were involved in robbing three other places,
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An expat man accused of attempting to kidnap an eight-year-old girl will hear the verdict in his case on January 14, 2019. 

The man is standing trial after a message on social media platforms accusing him of trying to abduct the girl went viral. However, there are no pieces of proof against him except the statements extracted from the eight-year-old child.  According to Prosecutors, concerned authorities responded to the message published on the social media platforms and arrested the man after the girl identified him in front of her school in Muharraq. 

Initial attempts to have the girl identify the man through a line-up failed after she denied the involvement of any of the men accused at the first stage. Later, she claimed the man standing trial tried to abduct her at the end of the school day. Nevertheless, the defendant’s lawyer argued that his client has been going to school every day to pick up his daughter. He said that it was irrational that the man would even think of kidnapping her, pointing out that nobody on the road heard her screams after she ran away from him. 

A teacher serving at the same school also told the court that she dropped the girl to her house after the eight-year-old told her that someone tried to kidnap her. But she said that she didn’t witness anything and confirmed that the accused man has a daughter studying in the same school and they used to see him pick her up.  


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