x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Forgery, bootlegging earn six-month sentence

Man faked documents to rent car used for alcohol smuggling, court rules.

DUBAI // A 30-year-old man will spend six months in prison for forgery, use of fake official documents and illegal possession of alcohol, a Dubai court ruled this morning.

The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was told that MM, an Indian, had forged a Pakistani passport after removing two of its pages and replacing them with pages from an Indian passport containing entry stamps from Dubai and Sharjah airports.

Prosecutors said he used the fake passport to hire a Toyota Corolla from Mecca Rent A Car in October 2008. The car was found abandoned two weeks later with 30 bottles of alcohol inside.

MM was arrested this year and accused of bootlegging. When he appeared before Judge Fahmy Mounir Fahmy, he denied the forgery and bootlegging charges, but admitted to presenting the documents to the car rental office, not knowing they were forged.

salamir@thenational.ae