Dubai to introduce ‘Smart Bail’; Dubai public prosecution will no longer keep passports

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Staff Report

Dubai – Dubai Public Prosecution will no longer keep passports in case of bail is required to any person after the launch of ‘Smart Bail.’

If a person needs bail, they will no longer require a friend or relative to keep their passport on their behalf.

The Dubai Public Prosecution will no longer be keeping any passports of residents or visitors who have been charged with a crime or need a bail. The data of the person instead will be stored electronically.

If the person needs bail, they will no longer require a friend or relative to keep their passport on their behalf.

The ‘Smart Bail’ initiative has been announced at the Dubai Government Excellence Programme on April 9.

Ali Humaid Al Khatim, Advocate General and Chief Prosecutor of Immigration at the Public Prosecution, said that the move is to ensure they eliminate the method of holding passports.

“Last year, and almost every year, we held 50,000 passports and we want to reduce this. The resident or visitor will have all of their data saved in our system all over the UAE, so we will not need their passport,” he said.

He added, “This will also give the person ease because he can get his visa renewed or anything related to the passport because he will have the important document with him.”

The initiative applies on suspects involved in misdemeanour cases of crimes such as bounce cheques, cursing/insulting, breach of trust, drinking alcohol, assault and petit embezzlements and thefts and other minor offences.