x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Passport officer jailed for taking bribe to forge Dubai departure details

Passport officer who accepted bribes to falsify people's departure details is sentenced to two years in prison.

DUBAI // A passport control officer who took a bribe to falsify the immigration details of 121 people was today jailed for two years.

Y?E, 34, an Emirati working at Dubai International Airport, forged entries in the Naturalisation and Residency Department’s database to make it appear as though the people had left the country when they had not.

He was paid Dh96,800 by a Bangladeshi, B?A, 41, who asked him to forge entries for people from countries including Britain, China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Russia. The bribe was paid in instalments between June and July last year.

The Bangladeshi was also jailed for two years by the Criminal Court. The men were jointly fined Dh33,800 and the Bangladeshi will be deported after his prison term.

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