Seven people are jailed after they swap access Summit access row
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