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Tue 28 Feb 2017 12:29 PM

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RAK probe uncovers more cases of public office corruption

Ras Al Khaimah attorney general says investigation has exposed further abuses of public positions in emirate

RAK probe uncovers more cases of public office corruption

New evidence has been uncovered of embezzlement of public funds in Ras Al Khaimah, according to the emirate's Attorney General.

Hassan Saeed Mhimed said in a statement that further abuses of public positions have been exposed following an investigation by the Public Funds section of the Department of Public Prosecution.

The investigation followed legal complaints filed against Dr Khater Massaad, Karam Al Sadeq and others, accusing them of fraud, wilful damage to public entities and unjust enrichment during their tenure as public officials with the Government of Ras Al Khaimah.

Massaad was the former senior official of a key development body in Ras Al Khaimah who faced allegations of a $1.5 billion fraud, claims he denied.

The Attorney General said: "The investigation has yielded new evidence implicating the aforementioned accused and others for other offences, abusing the positions they held to defraud the public purse.

"Among those involved were previous business partners of the accused in ventures, which were based in Ras Al Khaimah and elsewhere, including nationals of the US and other countries."

He added that the Department of Public Prosecution will "not spare any effort" in ensuring that the accused are brought to justice.

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