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Ehab Atta, Staff Reporter
The Dubai Public Prosecution has referred an Arab PRO, 43, for trial on two charges, which are forging 26 commercial licences of a catering company that owns a restaurant chain, and the misdemeanour of corruption. The defendant reportedly used the forged documents to seize an amount of Dhs348,000, the Court heard on Monday.
According to the police records, a director at the company, who filed a complaint against the defendant, reported that the company was informed a year ago by a delegate of the Department of Economic Development that the trade licence of a restaurant owned by the company had not been renewed. That was shocking to the director who believed that the licence had been renewed and showed the delegate a copy of the renewed licence, but the DED reported that it was fake.
On reviewing validity of the other licences in the emirates, they were found also expired and had not been renewed as well, though he had provided the company with copies of the renewed licences.
The company’s lawyer has been notified and he interrogated the accused internally. The latter confirmed that he had renewed the licences and had proof of that, after which he was absent from work. Consequently, the lawyer lodged a companion with the police against the defendant and he was arrested.
In a separate incident, the Dubai Criminal Court on Monday charged nine Asians with importing drugs in two separate cases. In the first case, seven Asians were charged with importing 72 kilograms of drugs, and in the second, two Asians illegally imported psychotropic substances in the form of medicinal slices and 74,340 prazolam tablets for peddling by hiding them in a wooden container.
According to the official records of the first case, a prosecution witness, a customs officer, testified that he was on duty in Jebel Ali Port when he suspected a container coming from an Asian country and reportedly carrying auto spare parts. Intensive investigations showed that the importer used usually to bring foodstuffs from unsuspected countries but this shipment was under suspicion for reasons related to the exporter. The shipment was put under guard until the person concerned came. The container was then inspected and the drugs were found hidden inside the auto spare parts.
In the second case, the prosecution witness, a Dubai Police officer, testified that Dubai Customs seized a huge quantity of narcotics in the form of pills hidden in a container. The clearing agent who would deliver the shipment to another emirate was summoned. He said two people would call him and tell him where to take the goods as soon as the shipment was cleared. The clearing agent was enabled to receive and transport the shipment and as soon as he arrived in the given place, an Asian came to arrange the process of unloading the container.
Defendants faced charges of forming and forging documents to embezzle $1.7 million or Dhs6.2 million from bank accounts belonging to a businesswoman, who was a customer of a UAE bank.
Noor Bank, one of the leading Shari’ah-compliant banks in the UAE, entered a successful collaboration with Azimut (DIFC) Limited to launch the largest US-dollar Islamic fixed maturity plan (FMP) in the UAE under a Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) domiciliation.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Faisal Al Qasimi, Chairman and CEO of MBF Group has signed an investment partnership with Hussain Al-Tantawi, Executive Director of the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), at (DIFC) office, in the presence of Tariq Al Ghazali, General Manager of the Bank’s representative office in the UAE.
'The UAE has decided to renew, from today and for a renewable period of two weeks, the suspension of entry of all foreign nationals holding valid UAE residence visa, in a bid to contain the spread the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure their safety.
The ministry also announced that 35 cases fully recovered from the virus, after receiving treatment, bringing the total recovered cases to 96.
The Ministry said a 62-year old Asian expat and a 78-year old GCC national who tested positive for COVID-19 died due to complications related to chronic diseases. This brings death toll to eight.
"Considering the problems of overseas Pakistanis it has been decided that the first flight would land at Islamabad International Airport on April 4. All passengers will be sent in quarantine and tested for COVID-19. Those tested negative will be sent home through special arrangement of transport," Asad Umar said.