Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 August 2019

Four men appear in court over Dh15,000 bribery plot

An employee is accused of accepting payments to speed up the application process for safety licences at two shops in Dubai Mall

An employee masterminded a Dh15,000 bribe plot to fast track the approval of safety licences for two shops at Dubai Mall, a court heard.

The Yemeni defendant, 27, allegedly told staff members at the interior design company, which operates the two outlets at the retail hub, he could cut the process down from two weeks to a couple of days if they paid up.

He asked an unemployed compatriot, 26, to make contact with the company to strike the deal, Dubai Criminal Court heard.

The defendant worked for a company employed by Dubai Civil Defence to handle applications for licences, which are required to ensure companies meet necessary safety standards.

The bribe offer was allegedly agreed by the public relations officer, 35, and the financial manager, 35, at the interior design company.

The public relations officer informed police, who arrested all involved.

The Yemeni employee was charged with seeking and accepting bribes, while the three co-accused faces charges of aiding and abetting a crime.

All four men denied all charges them at court.

The trial was adjourned until August 29.

Updated: August 14, 2019 02:57 PM

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