Airport seals forged; Punishment for two expatriate women

Airport seals forged; Punishment for two expatriate women
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The 41-year old arrived in Bahrain last year on a visitor visa. Their visa was valid only for two weeks. They left the country on December 13, and then forged documents to prove that they had returned December 15.

Manama: Two Bahraini expatriate women were arrested in Bahrain for falsifying travel documents. The documents were falsified by the Bahraini High Criminal Court to allow them to illegally stay in the country. At the airport, the women were aged 41 and 45.

The 41-year old arrived in Bahrain last year on a visitor visa. Their visa was valid only for two weeks. They left the country on December 13, and then forged documents to prove that they had returned December 15. They were discovered to have forged the seal on their passports when they left the country and entered the country. The second defendant, 45 years old, was assisted by an unknown man.

When they arrived at the airport to return home, the incident was brought to their attention by authorities in January 2013. The passport is issued after the purchase of the boarding pass. During inspection, officers noticed two suspicious seals. It looked similar to the seal at Bahrain International Airport, but it was slightly different. It was discovered that the seal had not been removed from the country.

They pleaded not guilty when they were questioned. They stated that they came to Bahrain for work, and that their visa was ‘renewed’ after they handed it over to another accused, a local woman they knew. She claimed she didn’t know she was illegally living in the country. The case was heard by the Bahrain High Criminal Court. It found ample evidence against them. After they have completed their sentences, they will be deported. Another woman was not charged in the case due to lack of evidence.

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