DUBAI // Three men accused of possessing more than half a billion euros in fake notes have appeared before Dubai Criminal Court.
Croatian A T, 49, compatriot S T, 36, and Macedonian S P, 52, had €547 million (Dh2.2 billion) in counterfeit €500 bills in their hotel when they were arrested, the court heard.
Prosecutors said Indian salesman A M, 36, who works for a money transfer business, was given €100,000 to be changed into Indian rupees and sent to India.
A M called his compatriot S J, 30, to arrange the delivery of the cash in India, as it came to more than 6 million rupees, the court was told.
“S J called me on August 29 last year about the cash and after I had someone deliver it, he called me and informed me that the man who carries the euros will meet with us in a hotel in Dubai,” said A M, adding that he met two men in the lobby of a hotel in Muraqqabat.
The three of them then headed to a meeting room where A M was given the euros after they were counted and placed in an envelope by one of the men, whom he was told was Italian.
A M then left the hotel and met with S J, who was waiting in a car outside along with Indian S R, 43.
“They asked me if I checked the cash, then I opened the envelope and noticed the money was fake. They blamed me for not double checking the notes before we returned to the hotel to look for the Italian who handed me the money,” said A M.
Police investigations found that the Italian was one of the two Croatian defendants.
Prosecutors said A T, S T and S P were tracked down to their room at the Marriott hotel, in Dubai Marina, and arrested. “We found large amounts of fake money in their possession,” said Emirati policeman M A, 27.
A T, S T and S P did not enter a plea as they had no translator.
The next hearing will be on February 11.
Source: uae news