Jobless woman is spared jail in forgery case




AN unemployed Bahraini woman convicted of forging a bachelor’s degree to apply for higher education abroad has been spared jail time.

The 27-year-old was yesterday convicted of forgery by the High Criminal Court, which handed her a 12-month suspended sentence.

According to court documents, the Higher Education Council filed a case against the woman after receiving information that she falsified a university certificate and forged a signature on official government consent forms.

She denied the charges and told prosecutors that she studied at a private university in Bahrain until 2012, but did not graduate because of high tuition fees.

However, case files revealed that the woman withdrew from the university during the academic year 2009-2010 after she failed in 16 courses.

The defendant also claimed that she applied for a sales job at an advertising company and was told she had to get a master’s degree and that they would make the necessary arrangements, despite not having an undergraduate certificate.

She then gave her uncle the forged documents to hand over to the Education Ministry for approval, before they found out about the forgery.

“The defendant knew about the forgery but still gave her uncle the forged certificate to hand over to the Education Ministry,” read court verdict documents.

However, the court gave her “a 12-month suspended sentence over sympathy because she does not have a criminal record and we don’t believe she will commit any crime in the future.”

If the woman commits a crime in the next three years and is found guilty, she will have her sentence doubled for both convictions.

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