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Pakistanis used fake residency papers to forge Turkey visit visas, Dubai court hears

DUBAI // Three Pakistanis used fake UAE residency papers to forge visit visas to Turkey, Dubai Criminal Court heard last week.

The defendants deny charges of forgery, using forged documents and forging stamps of a number of UAE banks.

Two of the defendants were arrested when they presented the forgeries to the Turkish embassy. During questioning by police, they tipped off the authorities to the third person.

“We received a call from the Turkish Embassy which held the two men until we arrived,” said an Emirati police officer.

Records show the men charged visitors to the UAE Dh7,500 in return for each fake residency visa to help them get entry to Turkey.

“They used to meet customers in the street saying this way was safer for them,” said the officer.

Police found several fake bank stamps in the house of the third defendant. “He confessed he had been doing this as a business for a while,” added the officer.

The three told the court that they were provided with the forgeries by other men.

The case was adjourned until January 16.

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