Civil Defence corporal jailed for taking bribe

A corporal with the General Directorate of Civil Defence was sentenced to three years in prison on Sunday for soliciting a bribe of Dh10,000 from an engineer for issuing him a building safety certificate.

By Marie Nammour

Published: Tue 1 May 2012, 12:12 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:44 AM

The Court of First Instance ordered the Emirati corporal, aged 25, to pay Dh10,000 in fine.

The defendant allegedly forged a building completion certificate which he claimed to have been issued by the Prevention and Safety Department at the General Directorate of Civil Defence.

He allegedly forged the signature of another officer at the Safety Department on that certificate. He gave that to the engineer of the contracting company claiming that it was authentic.

An Emirati lieutenant at the General Directorate of Civil Defence said the defendant’s duties included inspection of buildings and writing notes of any safety flaws. He would notify the contractor of such flaws so that the latter could rectify those flaws. He was not supposed to issue a certificate if the safety conditions were not met. In this case, however, the defendant allegedly issued a completion certificate, in the name of the Safety Section, for a building undertaken by a contracting company without inspecting it.

The Syrian engineer of the contracting company told the prosecutor that the defendant issued him a safety certificate for a coffee shop in December last year. Shortly later, the defendant called him and said that he was willing to issue him a completion safety certificate for Dh10,000 for a building completed by his contracting company. The defendant did not check the building. The engineer informed the contractor. They coordinated with the CID officers and the defendant was arrested in January after collecting the money and submitting the forged certificate.

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