Defendants offered municipality inspector money to park at Fruit and Vegetable Market
Dubai: Three businessmen have been jailed one year each for offering Dh250,000 in bribe to a Dubai Municipality inspector to obtain a no-objection-letter to park trucks at the Fruits and Vegetable Market in Ras Al Khor.
A 42-year-old Indian businessman and company manager, K.K., mediated between his two fellow businessmen, a 38-year-old Indian, S.M., and a 63-year-old Iranian, M.A., and the Emirati inspector to obtain the no-objection-letter from Dubai Municipality for allotment of additional parking slots for trucks in September.
The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted S.M. and M.A. of offering Dh100,000 and Dh150,000 in bribe, consecutively, to the inspector to persuade him to grant them permission to park more than the allowed number of trucks.
According to Thursday’s ruling, presiding judge Ezzat Abdul Lat also convicted K.K. of mediating between S.M. and M.A. and the inspector.
The trio will be deported following completion of their punishment.
Records said the inspector reported the police before the trio were arrested in a sting operation one at time.
The three accused entered a not-guilty plea and denied the bribery accusations.
According to the charge-sheet, S.M. offered Dh100,000 to obtain permission to use four parking lots. M.A. requested permission to use 10 parking lots.
The inspector testified that K.K. visited him at the Fruit and Vegetable Market and offered to pay him money through different shop owners to obtain no-objection letters for extra parking lots.
“He claimed he would pay me money for every single parking lot. I pretended that I had agreed and accompanied him to the allocated places for which he wanted to obtain the letters. We visited several shops that traded in fruits and vegetables. He also claimed to me that one of the shops was willing to pay Dh500,000. Thereafter, I asked him to fill in the required transactions and papers and hand them over to me. Then I informed the police and also my supervisor at work. After we communicated with the police, my supervisor signed the above-mentioned transactions as part of the agreement to carry out the sting operation. I met K.K. in a shopping centre in Al Twar. After I collected the alleged bribe money from K.K., I signalled to the police who raided the place and arrested him,” the inspector claimed.
The primary ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.