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3 Ministry of Labour employees accused of accepting Dh4.2m bribes

3 Ministry of Labour employees accused of accepting Dh4.2m bribes

DUBAI – Three employees of the Ministry of Labour and two accomplices have been accused of forging more than 20,000 labour transactions and accepting Dh4.2 million in bribes.

The ministry employees–a Jordanian, a Lebanese and an Indian–allegedly accepted a bribe of Dh200 per transaction with an Indian typing centre manager and an Indian company worker for five years.

Prosecutors accused the three employees of abusing their authority, forgery and accepting bribes. The typing centre manager and company worker were accused of aiding and abetting the ministry workers.

At the hearing before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday (October 30), the four suspects pleaded not guilty. The Lebanese suspect was absent at the hearing.

A Ministry of Labour section head told prosecutors that the forgery was discovered after the ministry received a number of complaints from customers.

“An internal investigation revealed that the three ministry’s employees had established a number of bogus accounts for non-existent clients and provided the access details to those accounts to a several typing centres,” the section head testified in court. ICA/Expat Media

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