It become the second time the appellate court heard the case after it had been despatched lower back through the Court of Cassation.
Earlier, a one-of-a-kind panel of judges of the equal court sentenced the nine men to at least one month in prison every to be followed by way of deportation.
The Court of Misdemeanors had acquitted them all of the rate.
Prosecutors accused that the 9 defendants on May 11, 2016 and previous to that date, ran a website, thru which they obtained calls from gamblers in India and Pakistan placing bets on potential winners in cricket fits.
According to the charge sheet, the 9 accused gathered the cash with the help of their accomplices in both countries.
The police raided a villa located in Hor al Anz, Al Muraqqabat, after being alerted through a real estate agent. She became checking the villa after receiving some court cases from tenants. The agent claimed to police that she had determined desks, many land lines, mobile telephones, tablets and laptops, computer systems and operators, which raised her suspicion. Two police officers, who arrived and searched the villa, observed Dh79,000, SR31,000 and other cash in one-of-a-kind currencies.
Upon their arrest, the defendants admitted to the police they have been using the internet to get hold of calls from cricket fanatics in Pakistan to region bets on: which crew would be more likely to win the matches.
Defence legal professional Hani Hammouda of Kefah Al Zaabi Firm for Advocacy and Legal Consultancy argued: “The defendants’ memories to the police have been invalid as they have been given inside the absence of a prison translator. Besides, the agent’s grievance was malicious and her plan changed into to evict my clients.”
Hammouda contended that no items that could be deemed as proof had been seized. “Many others shared the villa and the law enforcement officials, who made the arrests, couldn’t tell for positive to whom the seized computer systems belonged exactly. One of the accused claimed Dh seventy nine,000, which became seized, belonged to his administrative center and was part of the sale revenues. He said he did not speak Arabic and signed a paper after they have been caught with out information its content material.”
“They said the villa comprised nine rooms even as all of them stayed in a single room. They complained of getting signed papers they did now not recognize their content. Some signed a police paper out of fear,” the attorney said.
“Moreover, both cops could not remember the incident and adopted the equal statements that they had given to the public prosecution. The entire incident stays shrouded in doubts and all defendants maintained their denial all alongside.
The absence of a concrete and stable evidence to incriminate my clients makes it incumbent upon the courtroom to clean them of any wrongdoing, as per Article 211 of the Criminal Procedure Law,” Hammouda concluded.
The acquittal courtroom ruling is very last.