DUBAI // A three-month jail sentence given to a man who altered his late father’s residency certificate by adding his mother’s name has been suspended by the Dubai Court of Appeal.
Prosecutors said the 33-year-old Pakistani defendant’s father was issued an exception from paying Dh5,000 fees to obtain a residency visa on humanitarian grounds.
The fee is paid by expatriates when sponsoring a family member.
After his father died, the son forged the certificate by removing his father’s name and adding that of his mother in an attempt to avoid paying the fee.
On December 21 last year, he submitted the altered certificate along with other documents to the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD).
“He submitted a copy of the certificate, therefore I asked him for the original because I suspected the copy was a forgery, but he said he had lost it,” said a 41-year-old DNRD employee.
He added that when questioned about the certificate, the man told him his father had given him the papers before he died and that he did not change anything.
Another DNRD employee said when he investigated the matter he discovered this was not the first time and the defendant had renewed his mother’s residency visa using the forged document.
The Pakistani was convicted of forgery and use of forged documents by the criminal court.
Source: uae news