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Expat offers Dh65,000 in bribes in Dubai, 3 accused detained

Filed on February 11, 2020
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Investigations revealed that the main defendant was offering the deal on behalf of a Pakistani clerk.

An employee at a private firm that sells services of a telecom provider is standing trial in Dubai on multiple charges, including bribery.

The 30-year-old Nepalese expat reportedly approached an employee at the telecom firm, offering him a bribe of Dh1,500 for every phone sale transaction he would approve without meeting terms and conditions. One of those conditions is presenting a credit card for the phone application, the Dubai Court of First Instance has heard.

He allegedly told the staff that he had 63 customers, who needed such unlawful favours, and that the number could reach 138, promising him Dh65,000 in total kickbacks.

The staff, who reported the incident to the police, made him believe that he took the offer and, for that matter, a transaction was run.

Investigations revealed that the main defendant was offering the illegal deal on behalf of a 28-year-old Pakistani clerk - also charged in the case - from whom he collected Dh150 as a bribe.

Another Pakistani expat, 29, is accused of criminal complicity. He reportedly took a phone worth Dh5,200  through the fraud.

The main defendant allegedly received Dh1,650 in bribes for him and the telecom staff, who informed the cops.

The fraud was reported on September 24 last year at Al Rafaa police station.

A police officer told the prosecutor that the CID responded to the complaint as soon as it was filed.

"In a sting operation, we caught the main defendant red-handed around 8.30pm at a café in a shopping centre."

All the three accused have been detained.

The trial will continue on February 25.

Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination...

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