Tourist tried to smuggle forged passports into UAE, court hears

DUBAI // A Nigerian tourist attempted to smuggle eight forged passports into the country hidden inside books. Prosecutors said that on January 29 this year, the 26-year-old had arrived at Dubai International Airport when an Emirati customs inspector noticed his bag was suspiciously thick. “I saw a number of books in the bag and they […]

DUBAI // A Nigerian tourist attempted to smuggle eight forged passports into the country hidden inside books.

Prosecutors said that on January 29 this year, the 26-year-old had arrived at Dubai International Airport when an Emirati customs inspector noticed his bag was suspiciously thick.

“I saw a number of books in the bag and they looked suspicious,” said the inspector, adding that when he opened two books he found passports from Nigeria, Ghana, and Guinea hidden inside.

“The first book had five passports in it while the second had three,” said the inspector.

Officers from Dubai Police’s General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology said the data pages in the passports had been removed and new ones added. Entry stamps were also found to be forged.

The defendant denied a forgery charge in the Dubai Criminal Court last month. However, he was convicted and sentenced to six months in jail to be followed by deportation.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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