Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 20 May 2019

Two men found guilty of smuggling millions in fake cash

Dubai officers discovered €2.5 million hidden in luggage

Two men found guilty of attempting to smuggle €2.5 million in fake notes into the UAE have been sentenced to three years in prison.

Dubai Criminal Court heard how a 51-year-old man was arrested in July last year after arriving on a flight into Dubai International Airport.

Customs officers found 5,000 fake €500 bills hidden in his luggage.

During questioning, he denied attempting to smuggle the cash into the country, claiming he was simply delivering two bags to a friend.

“I swear that a man gave me the bags to carry to Dubai and I didn’t even know or ask why,” he told police.

The trial heard how officers were later able to track down the man's accomplice and arrest the 36-year-old.

Both men, from Pakistan, were found guilty of smuggling fake banknotes into the Emirates with the aim of selling on the cash.

Each defendant was fined Dh200,000 and ordered to be deported after completing their jail term.

Updated: January 23, 2019 03:57 PM