DUBAI // An Emirates Airline baggage handler who was jailed for three months for stealing playing cards and an earpiece for a mobile phone from passengers’ luggage, will now be deported after his jail term the court of appeal has ruled.
In an earlier hearing, Dubai Criminal Court did not order the Pakistani defendant to be deported after he was found guilty of opening passengers’ luggage and stealing the earpiece as well as five sets of playing cards on September 5 last year.
Prosecutors appealed seeking a harsher sentence. Dubai Court of Appeal upheld the jail sentence and ordered the defendant also be deported.
An Emirati policeman said the defendant was seen on CCTV opening bags at Dubai International Airport, going through them and then taking the earpiece from one.
When questioned, the baggage handler confessed to police that he had been opening luggage looking for valuables to steal but he never found anything so he took the earpiece.
“At his residence, we found five boxes of playing cards, which he said he stole from Emirates Airline, as well as the earpiece he took from a passenger’s bag,” said the officer.
The defendant confessed to theft charges in both courts.
Source: uae news