x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Canadian man acquitted of trying to defraud Central Bank

Man accused of forging official documents, including some from the office of the Vice President, has been acquitted.

ABU DHABI // A man accused of forging official documents, including some from the office of the Vice President, in a bid to defraud the Central Bank has been acquitted by the Criminal Court of First Instance.

AY, a Canadian, denied charges of forging copies of official documents issued to the Central Bank from the office of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

He was also charged with trying to seize Dh34.5 million from the bank.

No reason for the verdict was given.

Earlier, AY, originally Palestinian, had said he received the documents in an email. He said the Dh34.5m was the business of the company for which he worked.

The first witness, who worked at the bank where AY was accused of trying to deposit the money, said AY told him the account was for a transfer from the Central Bank.

He said on two occasions AY presented documents from Sheikh Mohammed's office and later presented one signed by the president of the Central Bank and stamped "Central Bank Dubai".

The witness was suspicious because there is no stamp for Central Bank Dubai as the bank is federal. A second witness said the Dh34.5m was from AY's firm in Ghana.

hdajani@thenational.ae