Traffic cop jailed for taking bribe

An Emirati police corporal has been sentenced to five years in prison in five separate bribery cases by the Court of First Instance for soliciting sums of money from motorists for different kinds of favours.

By Marie Nammour

Published: Sun 28 Oct 2012, 9:09 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:40 AM

The police officer, in his twenties, has also been slapped with fines totalling Dh9,000 in the cases he has been prosecuted for.

The verdict is subject to appeal within 15 days at the Court of Appeal. In one case, a Pakistani truck driver alleged that the defendant issued him a ticket in January for reckless driving and held back his driving licence. The driver said the defendant demanded Dh2,000 to cancel the ticket and give him back his driving licence and collected Dh1,000 from him.

An Indian motorist alleged during the investigation in another case that the officer solicited and collected Dh3,000 from him to cancel the traffic ticket he had issued for him for driving recklessly.

The officer solicited the bribe from the motorist to give him his driving licence back, cancel the suspension of his driving licence and cancel the month-long impounding of his car.

Two other motorists in other cases gave similar allegations regarding the defendant soliciting and collecting bribes.

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