Dubai realty investor puts officials in bribe trap

A Dubai court sentenced three public servants to jail terms and fined them a total Dh775,000 for taking bribery in return for services in two separate cases in the emirate, the semi-official daily Alittihad said.

In the first case, two public employees were sentenced to three years and fined Dh350,000 after they were convicted of demanding bribe from an Indian property investor to buy their silence for his violation of accommodation rules.

The unnamed investor, who owns 16 villas, was threatened by the two for allowing more than one family at one house in violation of existing rules.

“The investor refused to pay and reported the two to the police, who set up a trap with the help of the investor and arrested them,” the paper said.

In the second case, the court sentenced an Arab engineer at a government-owned property company in Dubai to one year in prison and fined him Dh375,000 for taking bribe from a contracting firm in return for awarding it a Dh100-million real estate contract.

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