Driving examiner accused of taking bribes
Driving official accused of bribery
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