x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Man's fake signature conviction overturned

The Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a man accused of forging the signature of the Ruler of Sharjah to obtain a three-digit licence plate number, according to court documents.

ABU DHABI // The Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a man accused of forging the signature of the Ruler of Sharjah to obtain a three-digit licence plate number, according to documents released yesterday.

The justices held that the lower court had not taken the man's testimony into account. He was charged at the Sharjah Criminal Court of First Instance in September last year with forging the signature of Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed and presenting it to the Sharjah Traffic Department.

The man was sentenced to six months in jail in November last year. He appealed but the Sharjah Court of Appeals upheld the sentence. He then appealed to the Supreme Court. He argued the lower court based its decision on the testimony of one person, while ignoring his own.

Dr Abdulwahab Abdul, of the Supreme Court, said the man's defence was central and should not have been ignored.

"Because the decision [of the lower courts] did not evaluate the defendant's argument, despite being a primary argument, which could affect the outcome, the decision is flawed and therefore should be overturned," Dr Abdul wrote in court records.

The Supreme Court will issue a new verdict.

 

hhassan@thenational.ae