Contractor, architect penalised for forgery

DUBAI — The Dubai Criminal Court has ordered a contractor and an architect working with him to pay a fine of Dh3,000 each for forging an official document and submitting it to authorities.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 22 Mar 2007, 8:54 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:08 AM

According to court records, the complainant, identified as MB, entered into an agreement in February 2005 with a company to build a villa worth Dh700,000 in Al Warqa. As per the agreement, the contractor should hand over the villa on May 1 last year. Otherwise he would have to pay a fine of Dh500 per day after the deadline.

The company commenced construction of the villa but it failed to complete it on time. While calculating the fine as per the agreement, the complainant found that a certificate for completion of the villa was issued by the Dubai Municipality according to a no objection letter apparently issued and signed by him.

The villa owner went to the Dubai Municipality’s Licence Department to enquire about the reasons prompting them to issue the certificate although the construction work was far from completed. As he informed the employee about the failure of the company to execute the contract, the latter showed him a letter of no objection signed by him and addressed to the municipality. The villa owner denied signing that letter and informed the police.

A lab report confirmed that his signature was forged.

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