The Court of Misdemeanour has sentenced an Arab expatriate to three years in jail and imposed a fine of QR50,000 on him for being involved in the illegal trade of selling visas to foreigners.
In addition, the court ordered his deportation upon completion of the sentence, local Arabic daily Arrayah reported.
The court also sentenced an Asian man involved in the crime to one year in jail and imposed a fine of QR20,000 on him, besides ordering that he be deported after completing the sentence.
According to the daily, the department concerned received information indicating that the main person involved in the racket used to trade in visas and sell them to foreigners. Accordingly, a plan was formulated to further investigate the matter and confirm the information.
After getting the necessary legal approvals, an undercover security officer approached one of the suspects and expressed interest to buy a visa from him for a sum of QR5,000.
The suspect was arrested while he was handing over the visa to the undercover agent.
Upon further interrogation, the arrested man led the police to the other persons involved in the crime and they admitted to their guilt in court.
Besides the two persons mentioned above, the court ordered the deportation of six other expatriates after they were convicted for involvement in the illicit visa trade.