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Policeman 'accepted Range Rover as a bribe'

A man suspected of committing a murder in India bribed a police officer working with Interpol in Dubai with a luxury car in return for details of the investigation against him, a court has heard.

DUBAI // A man suspected of committing a murder in India bribed a police officer working with Interpol in Dubai with a luxury car in return for details of the investigation against him, a court heard yesterday. JS, 42, who faces extradition to India, gave the officer, YS, 27, a Range Rover. He is accused bribing a public official while the police officer is charged with accepting a bribe.

The officer was being tracked in connection with an illicit sexual relationship he had with a Russian woman. The internal investigation unit of Dubai Police located the woman, OS, and questioned her. She told the police she had known the officer about three months and that he had picked her up in a white Range Rover with Ajman number plates. She said that the officer told her the car belonged to a friend and that he intended to purchase it from him.

Brig Gen Khalil al Mansoori, the chief of Dubai Police's Criminal Investigation Department, ordered his arrest and, during questioning, the officer admitted he had received the car from the Interpol suspect. But he told officers that the Indian suspect was innocent because his Interpol notice was issued by a "lawless" country. The Indian man said to officers he was told by another detainee that the police officer wanted a car. So, he said, he gave him the car to purchase. But, according to the Indian, the officer never returned it.

When investigators questioned him on why he never asked for the return of the car, he claimed that he was being investigated by the officer and was not in a position to make demands. A Public Prosecution official testified that the officer continuously called the Indian man with news about case developments. The presiding judge El Saeed Bargouth adjourned the case until later this month, when witness testimony will be heard.

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