Bribes were paid to trans­port of­fi­cials

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi

DHS253,025 The amount the court was told of­fi­cials took in bribes

Four Shar­jah trans­port of­fi­cials have been found guilty of can­celling fines in ex­change for bribes, among other of­fences.

The men had been ac­cused of tak­ing Dhs253,025 in cash while work­ing at Shar­jah Traf­fic De­part­ment. Shar­jah Crim­i­nal Court con­fis­cated the money. A fifth man, a taxi driver, was also found guilty of be­ing in­volved.

Four of the men were found to have been in­volved in the grant­ing of heavy goods ve­hi­cle (HGV) li­cences to mo­torists not nec­es­sar­ily qual­i­fied to be be­hind the wheel.

The men were con­victed of other of­fences in­clud­ing forg­ing elec­tronic doc­u­ments and not con­duct­ing in­spec­tions when they reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles.

The court sen­tenced one Emi­rati em­ployee, in his 30s, to two years for ac­cept­ing cash to can­cel traf­fic vi­o­la­tions.

He also faked elec­tronic doc­u­ments re­lated to ve­hi­cles in­spec­tions and reg­is­tra­tions.

He was also found to have used two col­leagues’ ac­counts to can­cel traf­fic fines.

And he trans­ferred a pri­vate driv­ing li­cence into a heavy truck li­cence with­out check­ing the driver could op­er­ate such a ve­hi­cle. He was also fined Dhs25,000. He pleaded not guilty to most of the charges. He is still on trial for a num­ber of other of­fences.

Ac­cord­ing to the court doc­u­ments, the sec­ond sus­pect, an Arab na­tional, was jailed for one year to be fol­lowed by de­por­ta­tion for forg­ing doc­u­ments and me­di­at­ing be­tween the other two sus­pects. The court sen­tenced the three other de­fen­dants to six months in jail.

An of­fi­cial from the traf­fic de­part­ment, a wit­ness, was asked how the Emi­rati sus­pect was able to com­mit such vi­o­la­tions unchecked. The of­fi­cial asked for a week to in­ves­ti­gate the case.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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