Saturday, January 24, 2009

Man Arrested in US Consulate Threat in Dubai

Police have arrested an American accused of being behind a hoax phone call that prompted the brief closure of the U.S. consulate in Dubai over security concerns.

The man, who is an American of Lebanese origin, was in custody for making hoax call and claiming the U.S. consulate in Dubai was under a security threat.

The man allegedly called the authorities twice from a public phone on Tuesday, claiming a Sudanese man was planning to harm the consulate.The suspect allegedly wanted to expose the Sudanese man after he was cheated by him.

The consulate was closed Wednesday to public business after a security alert from local authorities and the consulate reopened on Thursday.

The man would be referred to Dubai's prosecutor for allegedly making a false report and wasting authorities' time.

The Sudanese man was also in detention and would be brought to court for allegedly cheating the American.No other details were available, and the names of the two men were not revealed. Calls to the consulate went unanswered Friday.

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