x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Attempt to bribe a policeman lands tour guide in jail

Guide offered Dubai policeman an unspecified amount to delete a Dh5,000 fine issued against him.

DUBAI// An unlicensed tour guide has been jailed for three months for trying to bribe a policeman to let him off a fine.

The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was told that 30-year-old ZD, from China, offered a Dubai police officer an unspecified amount to delete a Dh5,000 fine issued against him.

According to records ZD was spotted by AM, 23, a policeman with Dubai's CID tourism security department while he was giving a tour of Madinat Jumeirah souk to two Chinese men and a woman.

They were seen in the souk's car park on the morning of June 2, prosecutors say.

AM testified that the three tourists got out of a white Toyota Bravia and ZD was showing them the area when AM approached him and asked what he was doing.

"I showed him my police ID because I was in my traditional clothes," said AM. ZD claimed the three were his friends and spoke only Chinese, and so would not be able to answer his questions.

AM contacted his office to get a Chinese translator who questioned the three. They said ZD was giving them them a tour of Dubai.

At that point AM took ZD's vehicle and licence details, to fine him, but ZD asked to talk to him privately.

"He grabbed some money from his right pocket and tried to put it in my hand in return for deleting his details and cancelling the fine," said AM.

The court found him guilty and sentenced him to three months in jail, followed by deportation.

salamir@thenational.ae