In­spec­tor ac­cused of seek­ing bribe

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A Min­istry of Labour in­spec­tor has gone on trial for ask­ing for a Dhs50,000 bribe from a spa owner in ex­change for tip­ping her off about unan­nounced in­spec­tions. Dubai Court of First In­stance was told that the 42-year-old Chi­nese spa owner re­ceived a call from the 31-year-old Emi­rati in­spec­tor ask­ing for money. She claimed that last year, he came to her spa and is­sued a Dhs80,000 fine for some un­spec­i­fied vi­o­la­tions. She tes­ti­fied: “I know him as an in­spec­tor and he called me of­fer­ing his help to avoid sud­den in­spec­tions. He asked me to pay him and he would tell me be­fore the in­spec­tors’ ar­rival to the spa.” Prose­cu­tors said that he asked for Dhs60,000 from her for his help then re­duced the amount to Dhs50,000. She co­op­er­ated with po­lice to set a trap and po­lice ar­rested a Pak­istani driver who came to col­lect the bribe money. The ac­cused de­nied ask­ing for a bribe. He was charged with seek­ing pay­ment while the 20-year-old Pak­istani driver de­nied aid­ing and abet­ting. The trial was ad­journed.

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