Saudi acquitted of theft charge after three years in prison

June 9, 2010

A Saudi man wrongly accused of stealing a mobile phone in Qatar has been released after spending three years in prison.

Doha court of first instance said that there had been a “severe technical deficiency” in filing the charges against him.

The man’s woes started after a resident filed a case in August 2007 claiming that his mobile handset was missing from his office in Maither area.

The authorities passed on to Qtel, the mobile operator, the serial number of the phone and, by using the detection system, the Saudi man was identified as the user of the stolen mobile. He was summoned by the police and presented to the court as a suspect.

The Saudi national kept denying the charges during the investigations and also in the court.

After languishing for three years in connection with the case, he was finally acquitted when the court discovered that the 15-digit serial number passed on to Qtel did not correspond to Saudi man’s mobile number.

The court said that there was no witness of the alleged crime and that the plaintiff did not accuse anyone of theft.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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