Businessman cleared of forging exit and entry stamps

New hi-tech cameras will be installed in Dubai and Al Maktoum international airports to ensure better security measures as 732 criminal cases have been registered this year by Dubai Police Airport Security. In 2009, there were 1,382 cases. Most of these cases are related to passport forgery.

By Salam al Amir

A 43-year-old businessman was acquitted of forging Dubai airport entry and exit stamps this morning at the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.

Dubai World CentralAS, from Azerbaijan, was also charged with forging two passports by changing the picture on one and the expiry date on the other. He was referred to the Court of Misdemeanours on these charges and awaits a verdict.

AS was so thrilled at being acquitted that he asked the translator twice about the verdict.

Police officers had told prosecutors that the defendant confessed during investigations.