- By Dina Aboul Hosn, Staff Reporter
- Published: 00:00 October 28, 2011
An Arab man has been arrested for allegedly posing as a sorcerer and practising black magic. The man, who used beauty salon workers to send him clients, was caught red-handed following a trap laid by the Dubai Police.The Criminal Investigation Department's Economic Crime section set a trap for the man using two policewomen who claimed to be clients.
Brigadier Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Director of Dubai Police's Criminal Investigation Department, warned the public against falling for such con artists who claim they can help people with their problems through black magic, which is against Islam and causes social problems.
Major Rashid Mohammad Saleh, Acting Director of the Economic Crime Department, said a report was received from a source two weeks ago about an Arab ‘sorcerer' who was conning people with claims of solving their problems using black magic.
Within 24 hours of receiving the report, a trap was set using a policewoman and the source, who told the fake sorcerer a new client was seeking help with marital problems. The source told him the client had agreed to pay his high fee.
An appointment was set to meet the client in Qusais, and the man was arrested.
He confessed to promoting his business using women's beauty parlours. The women put clients in contact with the suspect, for a commission of up to Dh3,000. The confessions led to the arrest of two women.
All three were referred to the public prosecution.