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Two airport officers accused of helping deported men re-enter UAE.

They allegedly collected amounts starting from Dh16,000 as bribes from individuals deported by judicial orders to help them re-enter the country.

A police officer and a passport official have been charged with collecting bribes to help deported individuals reenter the country.

The Yemeni police officer, identified as A.S., has been charged in absentia with collecting Dh32,000 in bribe for helping at least two deported Indians reenter the country.

A.S. used to work at Terminal 2 of the Dubai International Airport. He allegedly collected amounts starting from Dh16,000 as bribes from individuals deported by judicial orders to help them re-enter the country. He allegedly did this by putting the records of their new passports and visas in the electronic system of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigner Affairs (GDRFA).

A.S. is believed to have gained unlawful access to the electronic system at his workplace to put in the new records of the deported individuals. He allegedly stamped their new passports and visas forged with the airport's entry seals.

The Emirati passport officer, identified as M.T., is on trial for allegedly collecting Dh3,000 in bribe from an Egyptian PRO, identified as S.M., for stamping the residence visa of an Indian illegal, M.H., who was subject to an entry ban. M.T. is also charged with gaining unlawful access to the electronic system of the GDRFA to tamper with the data of the illegal. He allegedly tampered with the records to indicate that M.H. successfully passed the medical fitness tests and finalised his Emirati ID card. M.T. also allegedly stamped the illegal's residence visa on his new passport on November 7, 2013.

S.M., 43, and a ticketing employee compatriot, M.A., 42, were charged with intermediating between A.S., M.T. and M.H., who is also on the run.

In one instance, A.S. allegedly got Dh8,000 in bribe, while the two Egyptians collected Dh500 and Dh7,500 for the job.

The two bribery incidents took place in November last year.

An officer at the Preventive Security Department at the GDRFA said he learnt in November last year that S.M. knew an officer who could grant entry to deported individuals. "We learnt that the officer, who worked at the airport, would collect Dh16,000 for every transaction. (According to our information) the illegals would use new forged passports and new names."

The officer sent an informant to meet S.M. behind a shopping mall in Al Mamzar and hand him a passport, a visa and Dh5,000 as advance. S.M. contacted A.S. and conveyed his approval of passing the transaction to the informant for Dh16,000. "A.S. stamped the visa without making the expatriate go through the medical fitness test or finalising the Emirates ID card procedures."

The defendants were arrested by the CID officers with the help of the police informant.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jun 9, 2014
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