Man charged over forgery of dead man’s signature walks free

Indian was accused of forging documents relating to two plots of land in Dubai owned by a man who died in 2006.

DUBAI // A 36-year-old businessman who was accused of forging the signature of the dead owner of two plots of land he wanted to invest in has been found not guilty.

The Indian man denied charges of forgery and use of forged documents when he appeared at Dubai Criminal Court in April.

Prosecutors said that the incident was discovered in April, when by coincidence the dead owner’s wife saw a copy of the lease contract.

“My husband died in 2006, leaving behind two land plots in Al Garhoud and I saw a lease contract signed by my dead husband in 2014 in favour of the defendant,” said the 41-year-old widow, adding that the man had been investing in the plots for his own profit since 2014.

She reported the matter to police.

Police inquired about the issue with Dubai Land Department, which stated in a letter that the contract was issued on September 23, 2014.

Prosecutors said that the defendant confessed during interrogations and said that he had been giving the land plots for rent.

However, due to a lack of evidence, the court acquitted him of all charges.

Published: September 4, 2016 04:00 AM