A police officer from Farwaniya Police Station has been arrested for abusing his authority and cooperating with a criminal who impersonated as a police officer, blackmailed a Bangladeshi expatriate and threatened to deport him if he did not pay KD 500, reports Al-Rai daily.
According to security sources, the Bangladeshi expatriate identified as Shahed was walking down a street in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh area when an unknown individual driving a pickup truck stopped him and demanded for his identification documents after claiming that he was a police officer.
The suspect then informed the victim that he was wanted by law and threatened to refer him for deportation if he did not pay him KD 500. The victim said he did not have such a large sum of money, so the suspect took him to Farwaniya Police Station instead of Jleeb Al- Shuyoukh Police Station.
He was received by a police officer who had partnered with the suspect in the crime, and suggested to the victim to collect the money from his friends.
The victim then provided the police officer with the telephone number of his friend who had agreed to pay the suspects KD 450.
They also agreed to meet at a place in Saad Al- Abdullah area. However, the victim’s friend had recorded the conversation using his cell phone and informed securitymen before arriving at the location to pay the bribe.
Out of fear, the first suspect fled from the location. The victim and his friend then went to Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Police Station to lodge a complaint but they were rejected. They then went to a lawyer who filed a case with the Public Prosecution.
The securitymen who initiated the investigations reviewed the records of the CCTV camera installed at the Farwaniya police station and confirmed the incident from the beginning to the end.
The police officer at Farwaniya Police Station was arrested and referred for questioning. A case of kidnapping and blackmailing has been registered against the runaway suspect.