By Beatrice Thomas
Court heard official changed visa records for Asian visitors so they could remain in the country
An Emirati man has been accused of falsifying the records of more than 2,000 foreigners so they could continue living in the UAE, it was reported.
The Dubai Criminal Court was told that MA, 32, an officer at the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department, allegedly accessed a work database to falsify the records of 2,060 Asian visitors to make it look as if they had departed the country when they had not, The National newspaper reports.
Prosecutors allege the officer had been doing this since January 2010. But, it is unclear whether he had been paid anything in return.
The newspaper reported that the man had worked at the department since 2003 and in 2009 was transferred to a section that investigated deported people trying to re-enter the country.
However, a colleague reportedly told the court that MA’s job did not require him to access the computer system.
MA has denied charges, including illegally accessing government data, forgery and use of forged documents.
The matter was adjourned until October 6.
"But, it is unclear whether he had been paid anything in return.".. If it is not clear he got paid then for sure he must have done it because he was a charitable man and the idea of getting any kind reward from the change of immigration status for the 2,000 or so people did not cross his mind ..not once !?