(MENAFN- Khaleej Times) A man was accused of buying a passport with Dh700 to fly back home, the Dubai Court of First Instance heard on Thursday.
The 35-year-old Pakistani man was jobless and had the desire to go back home, but didn't have a passport. According to court records, he approached a countryman and asked if he could help by lending him a passport since he had no travel documents.
The latter agreed to give him a passport for a payment of Dh700. However, the passport control officer caught the accused as he was leaving the country on April 29 through Dubai International Airport.
When the police arrested him shortly aterwards, the defendant admitted to prosecutors that the passport belonged to someone else who agreed to lend it.
Investigations showed that the passport was not forged, but the passport and visa picture belonged to someone else from Pakistan and that the information in the passport did not match the person who was traveling.
The accused pleaded guilty when he stood before the Court of First Instance.
A ruling in the case will be heard on July 16.
Sherouk Zakaria "Born and raised in UAE, Sherouk Zakaria is a Senior Correspondent at Khaleej Times. Joined since May 2016, she covers Dubai Municipality, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), special events and humanitarian issues. Her choice of journalism as a career stems from her passion of telling people's stories and writing to inspire or make a difference. In her free time, she's an occasional theater and film actress. Sherouk received her BA in Mass Communications from the American University in Sharjah in 2013. Before joining Khaleej Times, she was a senior lifestyle/entertainment editor for a magazine in Dubai."
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