Driv­ing ex­am­iner ac­cused of tak­ing bribes

Driv­ing of­fi­cial ac­cused of bribery

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk ali.shouk@7days.ae

A driv­ing ex­am­iner was caught tak­ing bribes af­ter his col­leagues be­came sus­pi­cious when he turned up to work in a new car, a court heard.

Dubai Court of First In­stance was told the 39-year-old Omani not only splashed out on a new SUV but also a Suzuki mo­tor­bike, even though he was on a rel­a­tively low salary.

An Emi­rati of­fi­cer with Dubai Po­lice said they were tipped off by his co­work­ers. “He owned a 2013 Land Cruiser and a 2016 Suzuki mo­tor­bike,” the of­fi­cer said. “His work­mates said they were paid more than him and he is also mar­ried to two women and rents two apart­ments.

“When we in­ves­ti­gated, we dis­cov­ered that he was tak­ing bribes.”

Pros­e­cu­tors said that, on April 4, an In­dian man paid the in­struc­tor a bribe of Dhs6,000 af­ter fail­ing his test for a third time.

Dubai Po­lice ar­rested the 35-year-old In­dian when he went to hand over the money to a Pak­istani driv­ing in­struc­tor, who acted as the mid­dle man.

“The man claimed that he would give the money to the driv­ing in­struc­tor, who was also ar­rested. He claimed the in­struc­tor would pass the money to an­other sus­pect be­fore a third sus­pect would give the money to the Omani, who then ap­proved the fi­nal test,” the of­fi­cer said.

Dubai Po­lice set a trap for the de­fen­dant and ar­rested him when he passed the In­dian learner driver.

“The In­dian said he had failed to pass the test three times and was told to pay a bribe to pass,” the po­lice­man added. The Omani de­nies ask­ing for and ac­cept­ing a bribe, while the driv­ing stu­dent has ad­mit­ted crim­i­nal abet­ting. Three other men deny act­ing as go-be­tweens.

The trial has been ad­journed.

‘He failed to pass the test three times and was told to pay a bribe’ – Dubai Po­lice of­fi­cer

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