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RTA official jailed for six years for bribery

Dubai official found guilty of accepting bribes and forging multiple e-transactions pertaining to driving licences

RTA official jailed for six years for bribery

An official at Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has been convicted of 521 counts of bribery and forgery.

The Dubai Court of First Instance found the Emirati official guilty of abusing his public job as a customer service supervisor at the RTA, accepting bribes and forging multiple e-transactions pertaining to driving licences between October 2004 and January 2012.

The defendant has been sentenced to six years in jail and fined around AED87,000. The total bribe amount of AED33,500 also will be confiscated along with the forged documents and transactions.

The judge handed 14 others, including an Emirati employee, 10 Pakistanis, two Afghans and one Iraqi, varying jail terms and fines for aiding and abetting the RTA official, according to a report in Gulf News.

Meanwhile one Afghan manager was acquitted of any wrongdoing.

All the non-Emirati defendants will be deported following the completion of their jail terms, the newspaper said, although the verdict remains subject to appeal within 15 days. The defendants countered their accusations and pleaded not guilty.

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