BRIBED TO CANCEL TRAFFIC OFFENCES
Bribes were paid to transport officials
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.