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Forgery for a landline

By Mohammed Elsidafy

The cancellation of a mobile phone connection by etisalat revealed how 32-year-old Australian investor, YH, had allegedly used forged documents to obtain a landline connection for his villa.

The mobile connection belonged to MR, who had come to the UAE from Australia with the accused to make a joint investment.

The case came up at the Dubai Criminal Court yesterday. YH denied the charge and said the plaintiff was the one who applied for the landline. His lawyer, Ahmed Al Ameri, asked to examine defence witnesses and the court adjourned the case to February 14.

According to MR’s testimony, he was surprised when his mobile phone subscription was disconnected though he had paid all bills. Etisalat said he had not paid the bill for a landline registered in his name. He said he did not have a landline connection and when the issue was investigated, it appeared the landline was at a villa rented by the defendant. It also appeared YH had applied for the connection in the plaintiff’s name and forged his signature.

In another case the court heard that two Arabs – MH, 55, and SA, 44, both visitors – were accused of stealing from a safe at a pharmacy. The defendants attended the hearing. MH denied the charge, saying he entered the country in May 2009, while the robbery took place in October 2008. The court adjourned the case to February 14, assigning prosecution to enquire about the date of the defendant’s entry into the UAE.

The next case was of 42-year-old Asian, NN, accused of assaulting his wife, SS, and threatening to kill her. The defendant, who denied the charges, was released and his passport impounded. His lawyer called for time to present evidence and the court adjourned the case to February 21.


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