The owner of the Wings Xpress Taxi Service, Faizal Ally, called Yuppies, of High Street, Werk-en-Rust, has related his side of the story in the wake of allegations that he had abducted and beat a man for being involved with people who stole money and equipment from his taxi service.
Ally said that the taxi service had been robbed by a former dispatcher, of three radio sets, two batteries, one battery charger, some car mats and $25,000 in cash during the early hours of Saturday morning.
Ally removed himself from the allegations that he had forcefully removed anyone, and placed him in of the trunk of a car.
The owner of the taxi service said that he has been charged with ‘assault’ but when he was detained in the Brickdam lockups on Sunday; he was told that he was being held on ‘abduction charges.’
The police had reported that Ally had picked up a man from his home in Hadfield Street, Lodge, and had taken him to the Le Repentir Cemetery where he beat him before depositing him at the Brickdam Police Station.
The police further reported that Ally again picked up the man and after beating him again, deposited him outside the Kitty Police Station.
Ally was arrested at his home early Sunday morning on an all station alert. He said that in the wake of the arrest and the publication he has suffered immensely.
By 17:20 hours on Sunday, Ally reported that his taxi service had only been called for approximately 10 shuttles.
Normally, hundreds are done daily. “I have lost two drivers, who parked their cars after reading the story, this morning,” said Ally.
Some of the taxi drivers at the taxi base said that many customers had refused to travel with them, and had cited the newspaper article as the reason.
The owner of the taxi service highlighted that he had also lost a dispatcher, who had apparently refused to continue working with the taxi service after reading the story.
Ally was taken from his High Street, Werk-en-Rust home, to the Brickdam Police Station at about 08:30 hours on Sunday morning.
After being held in the Brickdam lockups for some time, Ally said that he was released from custody on the instruction of senior police ranks. He was asked to post $25,000 bail.
Ally said that he accompanied by police ranks, turned up at the home of one of the suspects, and a search of the premises resulted in the discovery of a number of articles missing from the taxi service.
Ally said that the man, whom he had apparently ‘abducted,’ in fact willingly accompanied him to the police station and willingly rode in the same car as him. Ally alleged that the man offered to help locate the dispatcher, in exchange for $15,000.
The police offered another version. They said that Ally sent a man with an offer of compensation to the tune of $15,000.
“At no time was the man taken to the cemetery, nor was he assaulted. We picked him up in Hadfield Street and took him straight to Brickdam.
He came into the car and never said anything to any of the police.
There was no talk about abduction or assault until his brother (the police inspector) called him on his cell phone,” said Ally.
Ally claimed that there are police ranks who can attest to the fact that the man came willingly. The dispatcher’s accomplice is related to an inspector at the Brickdam Police Station, who Ally said, “threatened to shoot me up, if his brother was locked up.”
Ally made it clear that he had, at no point in time, said anything concerning the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). “I don’t know her (DPP),” he said.
Ally said that it puzzled him that the suspect was released, almost immediately from police custody, even though the police had evidence (the stolen mats) that the man was “part and parcel of the stealing.”
“At no time did I assault this boy,” said Ally, “at no time was he forced into the car.”
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