Dubai: A jobless man has been accused of using a dead man’s Emirates ID to rent a room at a hotel and stay for free, heard a court on Thursday.
An Indian concierge was said to have checked in the 27-year-old Emirati man and his friend at a room in the hotel at Al Ghusais in September.
Two days later when the concierge called up the room to check if the Emirati resident wanted to extend his stay, according to records, no one responded.
The concierge then called up the number that he had been provided before he was told that the person he was asking about had died three years ago.
Prosecutors charged the suspect with using a dead man’s Emirates ID, forging the dead man’s signature while signing on the hotel’s check-in papers.
The Indian concierge reported the matter to the police.
Primary interrogations led to the arrest of the 27-year-old Emirati while his accomplice remained at large.
Prosecutors charged the 27-year-old suspect with using a dead man’s Emirates ID, forging the dead man’s signature while signing on the hotel’s check-in papers.
According to the charge sheet, prosecutors said the suspect committed the crime with another suspect, who remains at large.
The 27-year-old suspect pleaded not guilty when he showed up before the Dubai Court of First Instance.
Presiding judge Habib Awad will hand out a judgement on November 22.
The Indian witness testified to prosecutors: “The suspect and his friend came to the reception and wanted to check in. The suspect handed me the Emirates ID and I registered the details. He then signed on the check-in form for two nights. Two days later, I called up the room to check if they wanted to extend their stay nobody responded. When I called up the provided mobile number, I was told that the person whose name was on the ID had died three years back. Then I reported the matter to the police.”