COURT PUNISHES MAN FOR FORGING A DEGREE AND OFFICIAL STAMPS

The Dubai Court of Appeal has upheld a verdict by the Court of First Instance, which sentenced Alem Zaib F., a 42-year-old Pakistani, to three months in jail and a fine of Dh400, for forgery and fraud.

By Mohsen Rashid

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Published: Wed 30 Nov 2005, 12:45 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:09 PM

The case dates back to October 2003, when the accused was caught submitting at the Ministry of Labour a fake degree certificate. On the back of the certificate, forged stamps of the UAE Foreign Ministry and the UAE embassy in Islamabad (Pakistan) were stuck.

Investigations revealed that the forged documents were made with a view to getting a job with the Metro Taxi Company. The accused had entered into a deal with another Pakistani, who is not yet identified, to forge the certificate and the stamps, so that the Ministry of Labour would permit him to work with Metro Taxi.

The suspect confessed to the charge, though he denied it at first. The court sentenced him to three months in jail and Dh400 fine, against which he filed an appeal. The punishment turned out to be mild because the court had treated him as an accomplice, and not as the main culprit.


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