While the three residency staff processed the visa applications of people whose previous applications were rejected for having fake education certificates or who were banned entry, the eight others of Arab and Asian nationalities acted as middlemen, the police said.
They facilitated the processing of visa applications of 55 people, charging each of them Dh75,000. The police have managed to locate 25 out of the 55 people in the country while the rest have not entered the country yet.
Giving details at a Press conference on Wednesday, Brigadier Shaikh Sultan Al Nuaimi, Deputy Director of the Ajman Police Headquarters, said the local police received a tipoff from the state security about the illegal activities of these employees and their network. The police formed a team and started search and investigation in an operation called “Spider Net” in cooperation with State Security Police.
The team chalked out a plan to arrest all suspects at the same time. The team arrested the three employees and the eight others, of whom three were working at a typing centre, who canvassed the customers who were seeking residency visas though their previous applications were rejected or banned entry.
Brig Al Nuaimi said the visa applications the three residency staff had processed included those of rejected persons for failing to provide genuine university certificates or banned from entering the country for security purposes. The employees knew that the university degrees provided were fake, but they issued residency visas to them.
“The employees abused their position and committed a breach of trust and received bribes,” he added.
Twenty-five of the 55 people who received residency visas were arrested and referred to the Public Prosecution for offering bribes. The remaining 30 will be arrested if they try to enter the country.
Brig Al Nuaimi said Article 234 stipulates 10-year imprisonment for an employee who receives a bribe and Article 237 stipulates a jail term of less than five years for someone who offers a bribe to an employee.
The three arrested employees include two civilian staff and a military officer.
Brig Al Nuaimi said good coordination and proper mechanism of residency work would help detect such illegal activities which affect the country’s security. “The authorities in the UAE would never tolerate those who try to mess with the state’s security and stability.”
Lt-Colonel Abdullah Saif, Director of Criminal Investigation Department, said the plan was drawn up in such a way that all suspects could be arrested at the same time so that none of them could escape.
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