x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Two convicted in bribery scheme at municipality vehicle pound

Six-month sentences for guard, bus driver.

DUBAI // A man was sentenced to six months in prison and fined Dh6,000 for accepting a bribe to allow a seized bus out of the municipality vehicle pound without going through legal procedures.

MF, 28, Egyptian, asked for a Dh6,000 bribe from his compatriot HE, 28, to allow HE to take his Toyota van, the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance ruled.

HE was convicted of offering a bribe. He was sentenced to six months as well.

AY, 30, Egyptian, was charged with aiding and abetting by mediating the bribe. He was acquitted.

SS, a police officer testified that on March 9, they received information about MF taking bribes.

"An investigation team from Al Qusais police station was set to follow the case," SS said.

About 12.30am on March 10, HE was spotted entering the impound and leaving in the vehicle with its lights off. He was arrested on the spot and confessed, police said.

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