Arbitrator gets 5 years jail for Dh40,000 bribe

DUBAI - An arbitrator at the Dubai Courts was sentenced to five-year imprisonment on Wednesday for soliciting and taking Dh40,000 as bribe from a customer to prepare a technical report in his favour in a civil lawsuit.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Fri 24 Jun 2011, 12:30 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:41 AM

The Court of First Instance also slapped a fine of Dh40,000 on the 59-year-old Egyptian arbitrator and ordered his deportation after serving the jail term. He was charged with bribery.

According to the arraignment sheet of the Public Prosecution, the defendant solicited and accepted the bribe to do a service which did not go in line with his job duties.

The complainant, a 40-year-old German businessman, told the prosecutors that a compatriot businessman filed a lawsuit against him seeking damages for losses incurred in business.

In the civil lawsuit, the compatriot was seeking Dh5 million in damages.

The businessman won the case in the Court of First Instance but the compatriot appealed it. The Real Estate Appeal Court appointed the defendant as an expert in the case.

“The defendant suggested that we reconcile, saying that my company is big and we have lot of money at stake,” the German told the prosecutors.

When the defendant called the company’s woman legal consultant on her mobile phone, the complainant told her to go along in his offer. The Romanian consultant alleged that the defendant asked for Dh40,000 to prepare a technical report in their favour in the lawsuit. “He also said that we should pay Dh2.5 million to the other party,” the Romanian said.

In coordination with the police, the woman lured the defendant to meet her at a restaurant in Mall of the Emirates on November 24, 2009.

The police arrested the defendant right after that meeting.

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