Seven peo­ple are jailed af­ter they swap ac­cess Sum­mit ac­cess row

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­

Seven peo­ple have been sen­tenced to three years in jail for swap­ping se­cu­rity ac­cess to at­tend an en­ergy sum­mit in Abu Dhabi.

The crim­i­nal court handed down the sen­tences to the men and women from Philip­pines, In­dia, China and Canada af­ter they were found guilty of mis­us­ing of­fi­cial doc­u­ments and ac­cess badges and al­low­ing unau­tho­rised peo­ple into the World Fu­ture En­ergy Sum­mit on Jan­uary 18 of this year.

Of­fi­cial doc­u­ments stated that the de­fen­dants, who in­cluded ex­pat em­ploy­ees and vis­i­tors, ex­changed se­cu­rity ac­cess badges to al­low oth­ers who had not reg­is­tered to en­ter the con­fer­ence.

The court heard this not ac­cept­able as the sum­mit was at­tended by top lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and in­ter­na­tional dig­ni­taries.

Pros­e­cu­tors said that in one of the cases, a Pub­lic Re­la­tions of­fi­cial from a lo­cal firm gave her ac­cess badge to a male pho­tog­ra­pher who had been sent by their client to take some pictures of the event.

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials spot­ted the Filip­ina with a woman's ac­cess badge and he was ar­rested along with the PR of­fi­cial who of­fered him the ac­cess badge.

In court the PR woman ad­mit­ted to giv­ing him the ac­cess badge is­sued in her name.

“I gave it to him so he could ac­cess the area and take pho­tos for one of our clients par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­hi­bi­tion at the sum­mit,” said the PR of­fi­cial. “I just wanted to fa­cil­i­tate the work of our client.”

She told the judge that she had no idea giv­ing her ac­cess badge to an­other per­son was il­le­gal or that it could jeop­ar­dise se­cu­rity at the sum­mit.

The key speak­ers at the con­fer­ence in­cluded United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-Moon.

The de­fen­dants can ap­peal their sen­tences within 14 days af­ter the rul­ing was is­sued.

I gave the ac­cess badge to him be­cause I just wanted to fa­cil­i­tate the work of our client – PR of­fi­cial sen­tenced to jail

KEY SPEAKER: The United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-Moon at the sum­mit

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