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UAE judges propose residency ban for expats with criminal records

Judges call for those who have broken the law to be prevented from moving to the emirates

UAE judges propose residency ban for expats with criminal records

UAE judges reportedly want to ban those with a criminal record from earning residency in the country.

Lawmakers are pushing for a mandatory certificate of good conduct from those who want to move to the UAE, reported The National.

It follows the death sentence of a Jordanian man found guilty of kidnapping, raping and killing eight-year-old Obaida Al Aqrabawi in May, who had a long criminal record in his home country.

"I am a supporter of such a move," said Dr Ali Al Galadari, a judge at the Dubai Court of Appeals. "It’s similar to the medical tests mandatory for those moving to the UAE to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.

"In our country, we are aiming for excellence in everything and we are succeeding, but such a move will help us get to where we want safer and faster."

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