DUBAI// A salesman has appeared before Dubai Criminal Court accused of forging visit visas to European countries in return for US$1,500 (Dh5,500).
Prosecutors said the 33-year-old Afghan was arrested on November 8 last year after police were tipped off.
The spare parts salesman allegedly offered his services via middle men to compatriots in his home country and people in India. Customers would travel to Dubai using their valid passports and visas and were provided with accommodation until their fake European visa were made.
A 30-year-old Emirati policeman said officers were tipped off about the defendant and, after his arrest, he allegedly told them that he made the forgeries with the help of five men in the UAE and another who lives in Austria.
“He told us that he takes between US$1,000 to US$1,500 per person while the man in Vienna takes a share,” said the officer.
Records show that the defendant forged several visas to Germany, Turkey, Austria and also to South Korea. He was arrested with two forged British and Afghan passports.
The defendant told police about a 37-year-old Pakistani he worked with. Officers found two forged Pakistani passports in the man’s possession when he was arrested.
Both men were charged with forging passports while the Pakistani defendant was additionally charged with forging two letters addressed to the Turkish embassy in an attempt to get visas for two customers.
Police seized computers, printers and other electronic devices allegedly used to make the forgeries. They also found hundreds of copies of different passports, personal documents, pictures and credit cards details saved on the seized computers.
Four men, two Pakistanis, an Indian and a Bahraini, aged between 35 and 49, also were charged with aiding and abetting the two defendants.
All six men denied the charges against them in court on Tuesday morning.
A verdict is expected on April 24.
Source: uae news