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Policeman on trial over forged sick leave letter.

The cop has been charged with aiding and abetting forgery of an official document, using a forged document and unlawfully using a government entity's seal.

Dubai: A policeman has been brought before the Court of First Instance on the charge of using a forged sick leave certificate to justify his absence from work for three days which he allegedly spent away on vacation.

According to prosecution records, the 27-year-old Emirati officer, identified as A.J., forged, together with an unknown accomplice, the sick leave certificate to unlawfully avail of three days off -- from January 4 to 6, 2011 -- which he spent on vacation in Lebanon. A.J. allegedly sought the help of an unknown accomplice who got him the form and helped him falsify the details and then stamped it with the seals of the Ministry of Health.

He then used the forged document by presenting it to the Dubai Police to justify his leave.

A.J. has been charged with aiding and abetting forgery of an official document, using a forged document and unlawfully using a government entity's seal.

A police major said that they learnt that the accused falsely claimed a sick leave when they checked the travel activities of the police officers in the criminal database.

"It was clear that A.J. was off to Lebanon from January 2 to 7, 2011, which raised doubts about the authenticity of the sick leave certificate which he submitted during that time."

The accused was summoned for questioning about the matter on May 7 this year. "He willingly admitted that he had been in Lebanon for five days starting from January 2, 2011. While there, he asked someone here to get him the sick leave certificate. But he did not name the person or tell his address or more details about him," the police major told the prosecutor.

A.J. collected the certificate when he came back from his trip.

A letter from the hospital, from which the accused he got his certificate, said that they did not have any medical file for him and that the said document was forged.

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Date:Sep 25, 2014
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