DUBAI // A man who used a forged a British passport in an attempt to leave Dubai for Switzerland has been sentenced to six months in jail.
SD, 43, from Afghanistan, was convicted of forgery and use of a forged document.
Prosecutors said he bought the passport for US$2,000 (Dh7,346), then forged it by adding Dubai International Airport entry and exit stamps and by removing the personal information page and adding his data in its place.
“Yes I bought the passport from a man in Afghanistan knowing it’s forged, then I used it. I know the contact numbers and information of the man who sold it to me back home,” he said in court, confessing to all charges.
Records show that SD was arrested on October 22 last year as he was boarding a plane to Switzerland.
Prosecutors said the defendant entered Dubai using his Afghani passport but then mistakenly used it again while trying to leave the country on the day of the incident. He then showed the British passport as he tried to board the plane, alerting Swiss Airlines security, who immediately knew it was forged and reported SD.
Emirati AA, 33, an officer at Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department stationed at the airport, testified that security handed the defendant to him.
“He said he was trying to get to Europe, specifically Zurich, and it is very hard to get the visa using his Afghani passport,” said AA.
He will be deported after serving his jail term.