Filipino jailed for forging marriage certificate

By Hussein Al-Faleh, Arab News Staff
Publication Date: 
Sat, 2002-01-05 03:00

DAMMAM, 5 January — The Court of Grievances in Dammam has handed down a one-year jail term and SR1,000 fine to a Filipino who forged the seal of the Saudi mission in the Philippines.

The man had submitted his marriage certificate to the branch office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Eastern Province for endorsement, along with an application to get a visa for his daughter. The Filipino was arrested when the ministry discovered, after sending the document for verification, that the seal and the signature of the Saudi Embassy in Manila in the certificate were not original.

The expatriate said he was not aware of any malpractice because the certificate had been sent to him by his brother from the Philippines. He had simply asked his brother to send him the document after getting it attested from the Saudi mission in Manila. Immediately on its receipt by post, he submitted it to the ministry’s branch in Dammam, according to his statement to police.

However, he later confessed to the department of prosecution and investigations that he had forged the marriage document in 1994 with the help of another man while his brother forged the signature and the seal last year. The prosecution department found him guilty of the forgery of the marriage certificate and an attempt to cheat the ministry. However, the department did not find any evidence against him on the charge of duplicating the seal of the consulate, according to a source.

Meanwhile, Jeddah police are investigating an expatriate who was arrested last Wednesday on charges of running a workshop for forging trademarks of famous brand names in ready-made clothes.

The clandestine workshop was being operated near the Airplane Square. Only two of the workshop employees had valid residence permits. After the investigations, the suspects will be handed over to the Ministry of Commerce for further action. The workshop was raided by police and two members of the anti-fraud committee of the ministry after a tip-off from locals.

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