A case of mistaken
identity (card)

FUJAIRAH — People have landed in jail due to mistaken identity in several countries in the past. But this Emirati’s was not a case of mistaken identity, but that of showing a wrong identity card to the cops by mistake.

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Published: Thu 31 Mar 2011, 12:28 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:25 AM

The card belonged to a person who owed him money and he was keeping it as a security deposit to make that person pay.

And the cops made no mistake. They arrested him and sent him to the prosecution which referred him to the court.

However, he got a reprieve on Tuesday as the Court of Appeal reduced his jail term from six months to three. The incident happened in Fujairah in January this year. The man showed the wrong identity card when a police patrol party stopped him on suspicion. He told the policemen that he showed the identity card of the person who owed him money by mistake. He was referred to the Public Prosecution, which charged him with using an official document of another person and sent him to the Fujairah Court of First Instance. The court sentenced him to six months in jail. He contested the verdict and Presiding Judge of the Appellate Court Abdullah Al Salami reduced the sentence to three months.


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