x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Three deny Dubai airport theft of suitcase containing Dh4m in gold

Two Emirates Airline employees and a ticketing agent for a travel agency are charged with stealing a suitcase containing almost Dh4m in gold.

DUBAI // Two Emirates Airline employees and a ticketing agent for DNATA, a travel agency, have been charged with stealing a suitcase containing almost Dh4 million (US$1.09m) in gold. The three men appeared yesterday at the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance over the missing case, which belonged to a man from Libya. They denied stealing the suitcase, which was reported missing on May 29, and told the court the gold had been taken by a fourth suspect who was in Pakistan. All three men charged are from Pakistan - the two Emirates staff, MH, 31, and JH, 30, along with the DNATA worker, FA, 22.

The two Emirates employees contacted FA about a scheme to take a suitcase to Pakistan, according to a police captain who testified to prosecutors. Police said FA told them he had been contacted by MH with instructions that JH would print a ticket and a baggage sticker for him to take the case on the flight. FA told the officer that the next day, on the flight, he received a call from MH informing him the suitcase contained gold belonging to a Libyan national, said the officer, who added that FA was told to give the bag to a person identified only as Muhieb in Pakistan.

According to the police captain, FA further told officers that one month later their contact in Pakistan informed them the gold had been sold and sent them Dh70,000 each as their share in the operation. The court adjourned the hearing to September 1 for the defence to prepare its case. newsdesk@thenational.ae