Dubai, UAE. The Gulf state is experimenting with ways to discourage bad behavior by its residents that don't resort to penalties. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

An Egyptian man who had been accused of raping a Filipino job seeker in a hotel room in Dubai has been acquitted of all charges, but prosecutors are appealing the ruling.

Last November, the woman met with the defendant for what she believed was a job interview. He had offered to  interview her with his aunt and insisted that he drive her to a restaurant for their meeting, Khaleej Times reported.

While on their way to the restaurant, the man allegedly molested her while pretending he was looking for a pack of cigarettes. She told investigators that he drove to a hotel and made her wait in the car for a few minutes, then lured her inside a hotel room, where he raped her twice.

The man put 50 dirhams (US$13.60) in her purse and let her leave. She informed the hotel reception of what allegedly happened and the police were called, and the man was arrested.

Prosecutors accused the man of rape and sexual assault. On Wednesday at the Dubai Court of First Instance, the accused was acquitted of all charges. The reason behind the verdict is unknown. Prosecutors are appealing the verdict.

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