Dubai Officer In Court Over ‘Indecent’ Handshake
“THREE years ago, a new director was appointed the branch’s director and the suspect was his deputy, ” says a 30-year-old foreman at the Dubai Misdemeanour Court. “I was on friendly terms with both men. Last year the suspect started mocking and belittling me in front of my partners. When our relations started to worsen, the new director advised the officer and tried to patch things up between us. The defendant apologised to me… but deep inside he did not seem satisfied or happy about it. Then he started shaking hands with me in an indecent way. Several times, he reverted his middle finger while shaking my hand and moved his finger while our palms were in contact.”
The defendant, a civil defence officer, offers his version:
“In my capacity as the branch’s director, I posted the claimant to another DCD branch because of his poor performance. I was required to develop the branch’s performance as we had a bad ranking compared to other branches… and since I moved him and other staff, our performance improved. His colleagues washed his brain and let him lodge this untrue complaint. He did so out of malice. I did not do anything bad to him.”
Handshakes can be tricky.