Nine Filipinos who stole consignments from the Cargo Village were found guilty and sentenced to one year in jail by the Criminal Court of First Instance.
The accused, identified as RF, SA, HA, RM, RJ, JH, RB, RB and AJ, and aged between 25 to 35 years, will be deported after serving their jail terms. Other six, identified as MLS, ASP, JLL, FKA, MDMand MRO (including two women), aged between 26 to 32, were held guilty of possessing stolen items and were ordered to pay Dh2,000 each by the court.
The accused admitted to stealing consignments of mobiles and iPhones and taking them outside the Cargo Village and distributing the goods among themselves.
According to the records, Nasser Ali Nasser, 35, cargo operator, testified that as a large number of consignments were found missing in October 2010, the Cargo Village installed extra cameras.
“The camera recorded one of the accused taking consignments and handing them over to other people at the gate without any documents proving their ownership. Those people transported the consignments outside. They were arrested and all confessed to stealing the consignments,” he testified.
Captain Abdullah Faisal testified that Emirates Security informed police about the thefts and suggested capturing the suspects with the help of cameras.
“RMS was seen taking consignments and handing them over to other Filipinos without documents. When confronted, RMS confessed to the crimes and lead to the rest of the accused,” he testified.