Officers jailed for forgery
A police officer has been found guilty of forging an official letter with help of two colleagues in an attempt to win custody of his children.
Dubai Court of First Instance ruled that the 43-year-old Emirati be given a suspended sentence of one year after being found guilty of forging an official document, that stated he was not married.
Court prosecution records showed that he divorced his first wife in 2001.
Then, when he tried to win custody of their children, he forged a letter stating that he had not remarried - despite marrying his second wife in 2004. Admitting he had remarried could have increased the risk of losing the case, it was suggested.
“The children are in my custody. He was causing problems to me to try and win the custody,” his 40-year-old ex-wife, who is Emirati, testified in court records.
“He made a case to drop the custody and I was surprised when he presented a document to the court saying that By Ali Al Shouk he is not married. It wasn’t true, as he was married to his second wife after our divorce.”
However, two compatriots, aged 57 and 35, also police officers, signed a document backing the defendant’s denial of the second marriage.
They were also charged for aiding and abetting the forgery in November 2014. The officers claimed they were not aware that their colleague had become remarried.
They received suspended sentences of three months.