Dubai: A game on Snapchat implicates an Arab expatriate in a crime and refers him to the prosecution

Abdallah Shahin - | UAE

When he was discovered in possession of 100 fake US $100 bills, an Arab individual was implicated in an unusual crime of that sort. He had entered the nation through the Hatta border crossing.

The man acknowledged that he was aware that these currencies could be faked, but he adamantly stated that he had just purchased them from a Turkish tourist market in order to play with, take pictures of, and share them on his Snapchat account for amusement.

On suspicion of smuggling fake banknotes into the nation, the accused was referred to the Public Prosecution in Dubai, which subsequently referred him to the Criminal Court. He was deported from the nation and sentenced to six months in prison with a three-year suspension by the court of first instance. He did, however, challenge the decision before the Court of Appeal, which reversed the decision and declared him innocent.

According to the case's specific details, the accused was traveling into the nation from a neighboring country when customs officials noticed anything unusual about his car. When they searched it, they discovered 100 fake US $100 dollars.

In the Public Prosecution's inquiry, a Dubai Customs witness stated that he was on duty and was keeping an eye on vehicles and passengers arriving from one of the neighboring countries before permitting passage through the border crossing. The accused followed protocol and had his car examined as soon as he arrived in the nation by land, but he discovered that the box was closed. Keep the front objects with the key on the right side.

He continued by saying that he had the accused open the box and discovered 99 fake $100 notes inside.

When questioned, he stated that they were toys that he had purchased from a Turkish market with the intention of using them in games, taking pictures of them, and posting them on his account. After bringing them through Dubai Airport, he placed them in his car, drove away with them to a neighboring nation, and then came back with those documents and pointing out that the accused had removed another paper. He took it out of his pocket and gave it to him.

The inspector clarified that although the customary bright stripe on those currencies had been replaced with a bold blue line, suggesting that the accused had not used those papers and that anyone familiar with the description of banknotes of that category could easily identify them, the seized papers appeared to be printed, unsound according to texture and color, and devoid of any means of guarantee. It can readily be counterfeited, and people who are unfamiliar with the currency's characteristics may be duped by it. The results of the analysis revealed that the confiscated papers were falsified to a degree that the normal person would miss and may be duped by, prompting Dubai Police to refer the documents to the General Department of Forensic Evidence and Criminology. The accused denied the charge against him during questioning for the Public Prosecution's evidence collection and investigation minutes. He defended himself by saying he purchased the seized cards with the idea of playing, took pictures of them, and posted them on his social media accounts, emphasizing that none of the people could ever believe the cards were real or accurate and that their appearance only suggested that they were meant to be used for play. It was owned by someone who, after placing it in his car and driving out of the nation, was apprehended upon his return.

Following a review of the case, the court of first instance decided in his presence to deport the accused, confiscate the counterfeit money that had been found, and sentence the accused to six months in prison. It mandated a three-year stay of the penitentiary sentence's implementation beginning with the date of the final decision.

The accused, for his part, appealed the decision to the Court of Appeal, which stated on the merits of its decision that it accepted the defendant's defense, that he had obtained the cards with the goal of using them for gaming and taking pictures of them for social media, and that he had no plans to deal with or promote them either domestically or abroad. Since there was no proof to the contrary, the case resulted in the initial verdict being overturned and the accused being found not guilty.

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