Tajik worker denies helping criminal flee country, Dubai court hears

Man says his passport was stolen and he reported it to police.

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DUBAI // A man has denied giving his passport to a countryman to help him flee the country after being convicted of a crime.

Dubai Criminal Court heard on Thursday that FA, 33, a worker from Tajikistan, had given his original passport to man whose name and details were not mentioned in records, to help him get out of the country at Dubai airport after his own passport had been seized by police in relation to a criminal case.

The unnamed man was arrested on August 17 last year at the airport when an official noticed a difference in the features of the man in front of him and the photo in the passport.

The man told police that FA gave him the passport willingly and without taking any money in return.

In court on Thursday morning, FA denied a charge of aiding and abetting a convicted man.

“This is not true — my passport was stolen and I reported that to police,” said the defendant.

The next hearing is on June 2.

salamir@thenational.ae