x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Student in Dubai jailed for using 'wanted' friend's ID card

Student who presented his friend's identity card to border guards is sentenced to three months in prison.

DUBAI // A student who presented his friend's identity card to border guards - not knowing his friend was wanted by police - has been sentenced to three months in prison.

AR, 19, an Emirati, was arrested at the Hatta border on January 5 after returning from a three-day trip to Oman to attend a wedding.

Police informed him he was wanted in relation to a case of damaging others' property, but he told them he was using his friend's ID card. He said he had also used it to exit the country three days earlier.

"He told us that his passport had expired and was at the Dubai Naturalization and Residency department so he used his friend's ID to travel to Oman," recalled MS, a policeman.

The Criminal Court found the student guilty of using an official document not belonging to him.

salamir@thenational.ae