‘Biryani bandits’ acquitted




JUDGES have cleared three men of smashing up a restaurant, assaulting two members of staff and ordering customers to leave before making off with cash from the till.

The Bahrainis allegedly turned violent after being told the restaurant did not serve biryani, according to one of the victims.

The incident took place at the Dhaka Palace restaurant in Muharraq and two of the suspects, aged 30 and 35, earlier appeared in court to plead not guilty to theft and assault.

The High Criminal Court yesterday acquitted all three due to lack of evidence against them.

“The court did not trust the testimonies of prosecution witnesses and doubts the story presented to judges by the victims, therefore we find the defendants not guilty due to lack of evidence,” read court documents.

A 26-year-old Bangladeshi employee earlier told prosecutors that three men entered the restaurant asking for biryani.

He said he informed them that there was no biryani, before one of the men slapped his uncle in the face and neck, choked him and pushed him against a wall.

He claimed the defendants then forced customers to leave the restaurant and assaulted the staff, before destroying the restaurant.

He said they then fled with the cash they stole from the register. The victim alleged the defendants had visited the restaurant previously, but only ordered water.

Source: GDN

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