x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Trio 'forged medical documents'

Two men and a woman forged four medical fitness certificates and two medical fitness centre stamps and sold them to four others, court told.

DUBAI // Two men and a woman forged four medical fitness certificates and two medical fitness centre stamps and sold them to four others, a Dubai court heard yesterday.

RA, 42; NM, a female employee at the Dubai Health Authority, 25; and 28-year-old EM denied making a fake stamp which read: "Free From Infectious Diseases."

NM denied a separate charge of forging two stamps, one of which reads CXR, used at the X-ray section, and one reading FH, used for those who work in the food industry.

She also denied taking Dh30,000 in bribes from RA in return for issuing 20 medical fitness letters for people who suffer from infectious diseases.

RA and EM are also accused of specifically forging a medical fitness letter for a man who suffered from hepatitis.

SK, 33; SQ, 35; KR, 38; and NA, 45, all from Pakistan, are charged with offering about Dh45,000 in bribes to EM and AS, 30, from India, who is solely charged in relation to bribery.

Five of the defendants were present before the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.

Prosecutors said the incidents happened before May 3, 2010, and were discovered when a colleague of NM noticed medical fitness letters missing.

The next hearing is scheduled for May 26.

salamir@thenational.ae