x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Firm owner jailed over faulty cards appeals

Manufacturer appeals conviction that saw him fined Dh100 million and sentenced to three years for producing faulty secure access cards.

ABU DHABI // The director of a security card manufacturer who was sentenced to three years and fined Dh100 million for producing a flawed product appealed against his conviction yesterday.

SM, an Emirati, had been found guilty of a breach of contract that cost the Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA) more than Dh100m.

He had been contracted to supply more than a million secure access cards through a German firm.

But he joined forces with a Turkish company for a lower price.

The cards turned out to be less secure and some did not even function properly, according to court documents.

The Criminal Court of First Instance had sentenced SM in absentia to three years in prison.

He was also ordered to return Dh100m and pay the same amount as a fine.

CNIA has also filed for civil compensation of Dh200m from SM.

SM's lawyer asked for a new date to present his defence and the case was adjourned until January 23.

hdajani@thenational.ae