Man tried to en­ter UAE hid­den be­hind truck en­gine

Man among il­le­gals caught at bor­der

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­

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.”

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