Lankan couple in Dh10k Dubai airport bribe

A Sri Lankan couple allegedly offered Dh10,000 in bribe to an immigration officer at the Dubai International Airport to allow the woman to depart the country in spite of an entry and exit ban issued against her by the authorities.

The woman FMT, 39, saleswoman, confessed that in 1996 she had entered the country on a maid visa and then ran away from her employer. She was deported in 2000 after serving 2 months' sentence for using forged documents and running away from her employer.

In 2008, she entered the country on a visit visa. She exited the country and re-entered on her husband's sponsorship, AFY, who is a 59-year-old salesman.

She left the country and re-entered on a work permit sponsored by a stationary store. She worked there until her attempt to leave on August 12, 2012 when she knew that a ban had been imposed on her.

She asked the immigration officer to help her and offered him Dh10,000 in bribe to allow her to leave the country. She supplied the officer with her husband’s mobile number, who she said would pay the promised amount.

She was arrested while attempting to travel using a forged passport. She confessed getting it from a Sri Lankan after supplying him with her photo and Dh1,000.

Corporal KS testified that while he was on duty a passenger was referred to him by the immigration checking desk for suspecting her to be black listed.

While she was in the office with him, she offered him a bribe.

"I checked the system and found out that she had been deported with re-entry ban in 2000 for using forged documents. I told my seniors who asked me to go along with her. She gave her husband’s number who upon being contacted, arrived a few minutes later at a coffee shop in the airport where he put the amount in a glass box and left it on the table. After counting the amount - which was Dh,10,000 - police arrested him,” testified the officer.

The Court adjourned the case for verdict until December 12.


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