Court jails currency forgers [Archives:2005/845/Local News]

May 26 2005

SANA'A, May 23- The Specialist Court issued a verdict on Monday against people suspected of forging different currencies including Saudi riyals and US dollars.

The court sentenced the three suspects Musa al-Jarawi, Mohammad al-Jarawi and Ahmad al-Jarawi to 8 years in prison while suspects Saleh Obeidallah and Taha al-Azazi received 2-year imprisonment terms instead of the four years which was previously issued.

The court sentenced suspect Abdullah al-Mekhlafi, who appealed the verdict, to four years in jail while Sami al-Jarawi was acquitted.

The suspects were convicted by the court on Oct.14 2004 of forging 1,578,000 Saudi riyals in the denomination of 500, 13,000 Saudi riyals in denomination of 100, in addition to forging 1000 Yemeni riyals in the denomination of 200.

The band was arrested in May 2004 in Taiz along with their electronic devices of modern technology used in the forging process. Large sums of forged local and foreign currencies were also confiisicated.