UAE Law: Up to five years jail for any forgery

Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 13 March 2021: The UAE Public Prosecution on Friday clarified the penalty for forging and using a copy of an official written instrument.

In a tweet, the Public Prosecution noted that criminalisation is not limited to forging of an official written instrument only, but also forging of its copies.

According to Article 217 (bis) of the Federal Penal Code, whoever forges a copy of an official written instrument when used or utilises a copy of an official written instrument knowing that is forged, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a maximum term of five years, said official news agency Wam.

A penalty of detention shall be inflicted in case of a copy of an unofficial instrument.

The publication of these legal tweets comes within the framework of the country’s keenness to promote legal culture among all members of society.


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