Man tried to enter UAE hidden behind truck engine
Man among illegals caught at border
A man who was found hidden under the engine cover of a truck is among the illegal immigrants caught being smuggled into the UAE this year.
Abu Dhabi Customs department said they foiled 25 illegal immigration attempts and stopped 28 people from being smuggled into the country through the Al Ain border during the first six months of 2016.
Officials said most of those caught had been deported in the past and were trying to sneak back into the UAE through Oman.
In one of the incidents, customs officials at Mezyad Customs Centre subjected a truck travelling into the UAE to further inspection by conducting a manual search and also using modern detectors and found an illegal immigrant hidden under the engine cover.
The officials referred both the Arab driver and the Asian man to the concerned authorities for prosecution.
In other illegal immigration cases, the people being smuggled were caught hidden in car boots and sometimes underneath the vehicle seats. The men and women, mostly Asian, were being helped by Omani nationals to re-enter the UAE after paying them money.
Officials said high-tech gadgets that had been installed at all entry points in Abu Dhabi had helped detect the smugglers.
Mohammed Al Hamli, acting director of Abu Dhabi customs department, said: “Illegal immigrants present one of the most dangerous operations that negatively affect our community.
“The UAE with its social and economic development possesses a legal framework that is formulated to protect the country from those seeking to work illegally which could increase the threat of crimes like assault, theft and even murder.”