By Courtney Trenwith
American University in Dubai administrators are accused of accepting about $50,000 worth of bribes to pass foreign students
Two university administrators accused of accepting bribes from students to change their exam results have reportedly had the severity of their charges downgraded.
The pair was charged in November with receiving bribes totalling AED300,000 ($81,640) from 20 students at the American University in Dubai.
However, on Wednesday prosecutors told the Dubai Criminal Court the 32-year-old Russian defendant, known as M N, was now charged with receiving bribes totalling AED96,500 from eight students and unidentified amounts from a number of other students, according to The National.
An 33-year-old Lebanese defendant, known as M A, was accused of receiving a AED13,000 bribe from one student and an unknown amount from another student.
They also allegedly shared a total of AED75,000 in bribes collected together from four students.
The defendants were responsible for processing students’ English language TOEFL and IELTS exam documents and recording results in the university’s electronic system.
They allegedly sought the bribes in return for changing students’ exam statuses from “fail” to “success”, according to the daily.
The pair also faces charges of forging 20 documents.
Both of the defendants were fired from the university, while some students were expelled and others downgraded, the court heard.
The trial is ongoing.