x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Men took dozens of Emirates flights with forged tickets, court told

Several of five men facing forgery charges flew dozens of times using the false tickets, prosecutors say.

DUBAI // Five men forged 43 tickets for Emirates Airline flights, a Dubai court heard this morning.

The men, all Pakistanis, were charged with forging the tickets, using them, and causing Dh130,426 in losses to the airline. They denied the charges.

Prosecutors said AS, 22; MA, 36; MAN, 34; SM, 47; and MAA, 34, paid for the tickets using credit cards belonging to different people from the US and Australia.

A safety officer for the airline told the prosecutors that AS and MA took 43 flights to Karachi and back. He said the bookings were made through the airline's call centre.

Dubai police major KA, 31, testified that he arrested AS, MA, MAN and SM.

He said AS confessed to him that he and MA flew on Emirates more than 20 times each. He said they worked for MAA, who sold the forged tickets.

Police Corporal OO, 28, testified that he bought five such tickets from MA, which he turned over to the department. Police seized three laptops as well.

The next hearing will be on October 16.

salamir@thenational.ae