Man in Abu Dhabi appeals money laundering sentence
A man convicted of money laundering after he carried Dhs246,000 into the UAE without declaring it is appealing his jail sentence and deportation order.
The Pakistani, who worked for a security firm in Abu Dhabi, was caught with the undeclared cash at Abu Dhabi airport as he returned from a holiday in the summer.
Prosecutors said the offence came under money laundering rules. Anything over Dhs100,000 must be declared, the court heard.
Abu Dhabi Criminal Court sentenced him to one month in jail.
His lawyer said there was no intent to commit a crime.
The security guard said his cousin in Pakistan asked him to carry the cash to his business partner in the UAE.
He appeared in the appeal court and stressed that he did not know he was breaking the law.
His lawyer also told the judges that his crime had not caused harm or damage.
“Besides, the man was ignorant about the new disclosure rules,” said the lawyer.
The trial was adjourned until December 29.