Man held for selling cheap int’l calls

The Sharjah Police on Saturday arrested a 35-year-old Pakistani for allegedly facilitating others to make cheap international phone calls from a computer at his home in the Muwailih area in Sharjah.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

Published: Sun 25 Nov 2012, 9:57 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:46 AM

According to the police, they were tipped off about the activity as people queued up outside the suspect’s house to make international calls. The police investigation showed that the suspect was using a computer programme to facilitate international calls against nominal charges.

The Criminal Investigation Department teams raided the house and confiscated the computer, software and other tools.

He was arrested while offering international call services to his customers.

During interrogation, he confessed to the crime. The suspect has been referred to the Public Prosecution. Last week, the Sharjah Police had nabbed another Pakistani man for operating an illegal telephone exchange at his flat. He had a complete set of communication devices to route international calls without them passing through the UAE telecommunication system. The police warned people against engaging in such illegal activities.

The Criminal Investigation Department stated that bringing such devices without prior authorisation or exemption is against the law and these activities are a great detriment to the national economy. —

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