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21 February 2024

Emirati officers forge immigration papers

Officers were on duty at the departure and arrival department during the period of January 2008 to December 2012. (File)

By Eman Al Baik

Two Emirati immigration officers allegedly falsified the departure status of over 500 visitors in Dubai.

The Dubai Residency and Foreigners Affairs Department (DNRD) officers allegedly logged into the electronic system and falsely registered the departure.

Officer, KY, 31, while on duty at the departure and arrival department, during the period of 2008 to December 2012, used his log-in code and registered departure of 523 holders of tourist but they did not.
Similarly his colleague, corporal, MH, 30, did the same for 39 visitors. MH, who is not authorized to log into the system, used KY's code when the he was on leave.
The two are accused of forging electronic documents and saving them in the department's system.
A Sharjah based tourist company had asked Sharjah Residency and Foreigners Affair's department to check on the departure of some Asians it had sponsored on tourist visas.
The department in Sharjah also contacted Dnata to check with airline carriers on a list of names of Asians.
Dnata found out that all the 25 Pakistani nationals in the list did not leave the country or boarded flights using Dubai International Airport.

However, it was found out that they had been registered as 'departed' from the country.

The DNRD was supplied with the list of names of the 25 Pakistanis for investigation.

The department found out that KY's log-in code was used for registering the departure of one of those whose names came in the list.
When KY was confronted, he claimed it could have happened by mistake.
Later, the Dubai Police Criminal Investigation Department arrested a number of Asians.

After checking their residency status, it was revealed that they had been registered in DNRD's system as 'departed' from the country.
DNRD launched an extensive investigation covering the period from January 2008 to December 2012.
More than 500 holders of tourist visas were reported to have left the country but their names were not listed on carriers' manifests.
Investigations lead that KY's log-in code was used for registering the departure of the tourists.
The two officers have been terminated and referred to the prosecution.
The court will reconvene on March 8.