COURT APPLIES BRAKES ON 'STEALING' HUSBAND

The Supreme Federal Court has turned down an appeal filed by a man who had forged official documents in order to steal his own wife's car. The Abu Dhabi Appeal Shariah Court gave the man to a suspended three-month prison term.

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Published: Mon 18 Jul 2005, 12:58 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:18 PM

The Public Prosecutor had previously pressed charges against Mohammed Yusuf for stealing the car of his wife. Yusuf had appended his signature on the vehicles' technical inspection papers, which enabled him to gain ownership over the car.

Abu Dhabi Criminal Court sentenced Yusuf to three months in prison, but suspended the execution of the verdict. The court confiscated the car and the forged documents.

The accused appealed at the Supreme Federal Court arguing that the car was actually his own, though it was registered in his wife's name.

He said he had, through his commercial establishment, paid the car's installments to the bank. He said he was keeping a spare key for it. He claimed that he was authorised by his wife to transfer ownership of the car to his name at Abu Dhabi Traffic and Licensing Department.

He said that he used his wife's health card at the Licensing Department while he was carrying on the "ownership transference" procedures, only to make sure that the data were correct, according to the request of the employee at the Department.

He said his signature attached on the sample of Technical Document was not in his wife's name, but in his own name.

But the Court came up with a different opinion declaring that the disposition of the accused for attempting to affect alterations in the document and using those document to achieve his goal, was sufficient evidence to establish the forgery.

The Court also decided that all the elements of the crime were present. Hamda's allegations that her husband had stolen her private car which he had taken from the place of her work; that Yusuf had transferred the car's ownership to his company after having forged the Inspection documents; his using of his wife's health card; his using a previous authorisation document with the full knowledge that it had been already cancelled by the wife and the Licensing Department . The Supreme Federal Court rejected the appeal filed by the accused.



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