Housewife in the cooler on charges of bribery

An Emirati housewife was sentenced to three months in jail on Wednesday for offering a bribe to a manager of a branch of the Department of Economic Development (DED).

By Marie Nammour

Published: Fri 30 Mar 2012, 1:43 PM

Last updated: Tue 1 Mar 2022, 12:01 PM

The Court of First Instance also ordered that the money used in the bribery be confiscated.

The verdict is subject to appeal within 15 days at the Court of Appeal. The 47-year-old housewife is believed to have offered a Dh10,000 bribe to a woman manager to lure her into passing and signing a transaction of a trade licence. The manager, a 40-year-old Emirati, told the prosecutor that the housewife's transaction had been filed in the name of an Iranian man and her son, an Emirati, the sponsor in the transaction. The transaction had been rejected for a security reason.

The manager said that the housewife approached her while she was at work in the DED branch at Al Twar centre. The manager explained to her the reason why the transaction had not been passed.

She claimed she got surprised when the housewife raised the money issue noting that the applicants were willing to pay money to have their transaction approved. The manager checked in the DED's data electronic system on the transaction status and did find that it was rejected for certain reasons. She then contacted officers from the General Directorate of State Security and was accordingly instructed into making the defendant believe that she was in for her offer.

The accused was arrested at a cafe in a shopping centre in Al Mamzar after handing the manager the sum and collecting the transaction signed and sealed for the food trade licence.

An Emirati policewoman confirmed in a statement during the investigation that she was part of the unit that arrested the housewife on September 19 last year.

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