Emirati jailed for beating up Dubai taxi driver

Argument arose after the driver asked the passenger to put on his seat belt, told him he could not eat food in the cab.
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An Emirati passenger has been jailed for three months for beating a Dubai taxi driver in a row over a seat belt, Gulf News reported.

The 24-year-old was convicted of beating the Pakistani driver and caused him a permanent disability after a dispute in January.
Giving evidence at the Dubai Court of First Instance, the driver said he picked the Emirati passenger up at Morocco Street and was asked to drive him to Festival City.

“He did not put on his seat belt. When I asked him to do so, he refused," the driver told the court.

"Then he opened his bag and wanted to eat food … I told him that eating in the taxi is against the company’s policy. When I reached the destination, he stepped out of the vehicle, then kicked the door shut angrily.

"When I asked him why he did that, he opened the door again and said ‘I am an Emirati’.

"When I asked him to close the door so that I could drive away … he refused and kept holding it.

"I stepped out from my seat and walked towards the door to close it, but he beat me. He hit me with a watch that he had in his hand repeatedly until I bled. Two security guards from Festival City and I restrained N.M. until the police came and took him into custody,” testified the driver.

The accused has 15 days to appeal the jail term.

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