Customs authorities in Abu Dhabi seized an African man as he tried to smuggle 36 kg of gold.
In court he claimed that he had declared the items but that he lost the receipt.
The man told court that he had brought the gold to sell it in the UAE through a shop owned by his brother, adding that the stuff belongs to widows and orphans in his home country.
He said they invest in gold with him to get fixed income and asked court to unlock the seized items so he can sell them before gold prices decline.
A court of first instance had fined the man Dh10,000 and ordered the impounding of the gold.
During fresh hearings on Monday, the prosecutor asked the appeals court to uphold that sentence on the grounds the man was arrested a month ago as he tried to leave the country with around Dh360,000 which he did not declare.