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Porters confess to stealing valuables at airport.

Dubai Three porters have admitted stealing jewellery and valuables from travellers' bags while unloading them at Dubai International Airport.

Prosecutors charged the Nigerians with stealing valuables and belongings of passengers while moving their handbags from the planes to the luggage belts at the arrivals terminal.

The trio, 24-year-old M.A., 21-year-old S.P. and 23-year-old A.M., pleaded guilty and confessed to the charges when they appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance yesterday.

According to the charge sheet, the trio abused their position (as porters with a private security company at Dubai airport) by stealing different kinds of valuables. Prosecution records did not specify the stolen items or their value.

Corporal testifies

Speaking on behalf of the other two, S.P. told Presiding Judge Al Saeed Mohammad Barghout: "Sir, we are guilty. We stole the valuables. We are seeking leniency and a swift judgment."

An Emirati police corporal at the airport security testified that M.A. was referred to him after he was caught stealing valuables and gold items from passengers' luggage.

"Security guards detected gold items and valuables hidden on M.A., who was searched before he left work. During questioning, he confessed that he stole the valuables from passengers' handbags while moving the luggage from the aircraft to the conveyor belts," said the corporal.

"M.A. said his duty was to offload luggage from the aircraft to conveyor belts EoACA* he admitted that he agreed with S.P. that the latter would watch out as he [M.A.] searched the handbags to steal valuables. S.P. confirmed M.A.'s confession. The two defendants admitted that the stolen items were left in A.M.'s possession. A.M. confessed that he collaborated with his countrymen."

The judge will pronounce a verdict on December 20.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Dec 7, 2011
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