Defendants helped obtain fraudulent visas for Iraqi businessmen, according to prosecutors.
Sixteen forged visa stamps, security court told
Abu Dhabi // Sixteen defendants of various nationalities forged Foreign Ministry stamps that were used to obtain visas for Iraqi businessmen, the State Security Court heard yesterday.
Three of the defendants were accused of forging and using official stamps and documents; three businessmen were accused of entering the country illegally; and the rest were charged with being accomplices.
Defense lawyers said that the man who actually forged the stamps, which accredited the businessmen's university degrees, has fled the country and that none of the defendants knew the documents were forged. The businessmen’s lawyers said their clients entered the country with visas officially issued by authorities.