Car test me­chanic ‘bribed to pass un­fit ve­hi­cles’

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Two men are ac­cused of bribery and forgery for ac­cept­ing money for pass­ing non-road­wor­thy cars in an­nual ve­hi­cle tests, a court has heard.

A 31-year-old Pak­istani driver is said to have of­fered bribes of be­tween Dh150 and Dh600 to the 23-year-old Indian tech­ni­cian at a car test­ing cen­tre in Umm Ramool, Dubai.

The Pak­istani al­legedly told prose­cu­tors that he would take up to Dh2,000 from friends and then of­fer a lesser amount to the tech­ni­cian to pass their cars for him. It is claimed they did this with 10 ve­hi­cles that were un­fit to be on the road be­fore po­lice re­ceived a tip-off about the ruse and in­ves­ti­gated.

Dubai Crim­i­nal Court heard yes­ter­day that of­fi­cers used a 24-year-old Pak­istani to set up a sting to ar­rest the two de­fen­dants. The man was tasked with con­tact­ing the first de­fen­dant and ask­ing him to is­sue a pass cer­tifi­cate for his car, de­spite it hav­ing dam­aged tyres. The Pak­istani took him to the car regis­tra­tion fa­cil­ity in Umm Ramool.

A pass cer­tifi­cate was is­sued for the ve­hi­cle on Fe­bru­ary 7 and po­lice ar­rested the Indian and Pak­istani at the scene.

The Pak­istani did not ap­pear in court, while the Indian de­nied wrong­do­ing.

The next hear­ing is on Novem­ber 2.

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