Defendants exploited a security gap in a government organisation’s website, and used their authority in transactions to renew a number of trade licences without payment of an estimated Dhs6 million fees.
Excessive weight of the defendant’s bag made official suspicious and he immediately ordered for a search.
Investigations indicated that the German embassy informed the GDRFA that there were 3 passports that had been submitted to obtain a Schengen visa and wanted to enquire about them.
In court, the suspect denied any act of forgery and that he had no knowledge of it. He was not even investigated by any authority, he added.
The victim testified that the two suspects stopped him and asked for a change of Dhs200. Once the victim took out his wallet, one of the suspects suddenly punched him in the face, snatched his wallet and ran away.
The Public Prosecution charged the two suspects with forging the two permits and presenting them to the security men working for the government body, but the latter suspected the genuineness of the two permits.
The Public Prosecution charged the suspect with attempting to murder the victim by banging her against a wall, besides stealing her mobile phone and illegally residing in the country after the expiry of his residence visa.
The retired 54 year-old victim testified that the defendant was in the habit of stealing and had stolen small amounts previously also but he overlooked it, considering it as charity (sadaqa) for her.
The Sharjah Criminal Court sentenced a five-member African gang to 15 years’ imprisonment and a fine of Dhs250,000, after they staged an armed robbery on a money exchange centre in Al Taawun Area, and stole Dhs2.3 million.