Court com­mutes briber’s pun­ish­ment

The Gulf Today - - HOME - BY HAMZA M SENGENDO

DUBAI: A busi­ness­man who bribed an im­mi­gra­tion ofi­cer to help re­scind ines of an over­stay­ing vis­i­tor and lift an ab­scond­ing com­plaint against an ex-worker has won a le­nient pun­ish­ment.

The Asian de­fen­dant, 42, of­fered Dhs21,000 to an Emi­rati war­rant ofi­cer from the res­i­dency direc­torate to re­scind ines worth Dhs53,700 against a Cana­dian man who had over­stayed his vis­it­ing visa.

He also asked him to lift a com­plaint iled against a Jor­da­nian mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive who ab­sconded from his spon­sor since Oct.2011, prose­cu­tors told the Dubai Crim­i­nal Court. The court sen­tenced him to one year in jail.

It also slapped him with a Dhs21, 000 ine af­ter which he will be de­ported. He ap­pealed seek­ing mercy. The Dubai Ap­peals Court has com­muted the prison term to six months. It up­held the ine and de­por­ta­tion order.

In pros­e­cu­tion records, the ofi­cer, 29, who worked in the visa trans­ac­tions sec­tion nar­rated that the de­fen­dant be­friended him then of­fered him to bribe him in case he deleted ines slapped against res­i­dency law vi­o­la­tors.

He of­fered to bribe him in case he lifted ab­scond­ing com­plaints lodged against run­away work­ers and lift per­ma­nent bans is­sued against de­ported per­sons. The ofi­cer raised the mat­ter to the pre­ven­tive se­cu­rity sec­tion.

The de­fen­dant later handed him the pass­port copy of the Cana­dian male vis­i­tor who had over­stayed for 537 days plus the pass­port of the Jor­da­nian ex­ec­u­tive who had ab­sconded from a com­pany in Jebel Ali Free Zone.

Po­lice or­gan­ised an am­bush in the res­i­dency direc­torate’s em­ployee park­ing lot on Aug.13.2017. The de­fen­dant showed up at around 11:30am and en­tered the ofi­cer’s car. The ofi­cer handed him a sealed par­cel.

The de­fen­dant handed him Dhs18,000 and promised to give him the re­main­ing Dhs3,000 soon. The ofi­cer made a sig­nal to the po­lice team. The de­fen­dant upon ar­rest con­fessed, ac­cord­ing to Bur Dubai Po­lice Sta­tion records.

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