Sentence reduced for Dubai's Dh12 million fake cash smuggler

The man was initially given a three-year prison term

A Dubai resident who was sentenced to three years in prison for smuggling more than €3 million (Dh12.25 million) of counterfeit cash into the country has won a reduced sentence.

The man, 51, from Pakistan, has had his sentence shortened to one year by Dubai Court of Appeal after it decided to disregard the part of the previous conviction, which stated that he had intended to sell the fake money.

A Dh200,000 fine against him was upheld.

The man was arrested in July 2017 at Dubai International Airport after arriving from Italy and the fake bank notes were discovered in his luggage. He denied knowing they were fake.

Police found thousands of €500 euro notes worth €2.915 million, which were referred to the laboratory and confirmed as fake.

An Emirati customs inspector said the illegal currency was found in one of two bags the traveller insisted were handed to him by another man.

When questioned by police, he said the man who had given him the cases, asked him to deliver them to a person in Dubai.

“He gave me the bags to carry to Dubai and I didn’t even know or ask why,” said the accused.

The inspector said he provided them with the name of the 36-year-old compatriot, who was tracked down and arrested.

The accused will be deported after serving his prison term.

Published: June 2, 2019 08:36 PM