KHALEEJ TIMES, Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 | Muharram 30,1440
Duo caught with €2.9m in fake bills at Dubai airport
Two men were caught with €2.9 million in fake
bills at the Dubai International Airport, a court heard on Tuesday. According to
public prosecution records, the two Pakistani men, aged 51 and 36, were detained
by the police at the airport on July 29.
A total of 500 fake bills were found in their
possession. They allegedly intended to circulate the counterfeit notes.
They denied the charge at the Court of First
A customs inspector said he was on duty at 2.30am
at terminal 1 when a flight from Italy landed. "The 51-year-old accused arrived
and put a handbag for X-ray screening. It looked suspicious because of the
density of the notes inside.
"I then searched the bag and found a large amount
of bills which looked counterfeit. The traveler denied the money was his and
claimed the other accused handed it over to him prior to arriving here," the
inspector told the prosecutors.
The traveler also told the inspectors he was
carrying another bag which he had checked in, under his name, with the luggage.
"We found over ?2.9 million in his bags. The money looked fake as it all had the
same serial number. We took the notes to a money exchange office and confirmed
it was counterfeit."
A report from the general directorate of criminal
evidence and criminology showed the notes seized from the defendants were all
fake as they "totally differed" from genuine bank notes.
One of the bills, from which all the other notes
had been faked, was seized from the 36-year-old defendant's wallet.
The 51-year-old accused claimed to investigators
that he was unaware the bags contained fake bills and that it all belonged to
the other man.
The trial will continues on November 4.