DUBAI:A Pakistani driver has been arrested and charged in a court in Dubai for blackmailing an Indian couple after secretly filming them getting intimate in his limousine while honeymooning in Dubai.
The driver, identified only as MS, has been accused of blackmailing the two honeymooners whom he filmed getting intimate in the tinted cabin of his limousine while he was driving them around the city.
The Indian newlyweds were visiting Dubai on a four-day honeymoon when the 28-year-old driver secretly filmed them.
He later sent a message to the husband on WhatsApp to try to extort Dirhams 2,000 (about Rs. 36,500) from him. He sent the clip he had of the couple to the husband and threatened to circulate it on social media sites, a court was told on Monday.
The Pakistani man pleaded guilty to charges of blackmail and breaching others’ privacy by using technology, the Khaleej Times reported.
The incident, as told by the defendant himself during the course of investigation, happened in February.
The driver said he filmed the couple getting intimate by using his mobile phone.
He dropped them at their destination and later in the evening on the same day he sent the husband a message, blackmailing him.
The accused was arrested by police officers when he went to meet the husband two days later at the hotel to collect the money.
The husband’s friend, an Indian businessman, said, “As I learnt from my friend, the car was tinted. But later my friend got a call from the driver asking him for a sum of money or to give him his wife or he would circulate the clip online.”
They went together to the police station and lodged a complaint against the driver.
“I followed up on the complaint later and met the accused at the hotel as my friend left the country then.”
Prosecutors accused the suspect of molesting the couple, blackmailing them and abusing the telecommunication system.