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Bribery cases in UAE were very limited last year, Abu Dhabi Police Department

Mar 3, 2010 - 12:19 -

WAM Abu Dhabi, March 3rd, 2010 (WAM) -- The Senior police officers have said that bribery cases in UAE were very limited last year.

Colonel Ali Saeed Al Nuaimi, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Abu Dhabi Police Department told 999 magazine that there were five bribery cases in Abu Dhabi last year.

"There were only five cases in Abu Dhabi last year, that mostly took place in government offices", he revealed.

He said the small number of bribery cases was because of the strict administrative monitoring systems at government departments in the country and the stiff penalties imposed.

Col. Al Nuaimi said bribery cases often take place outside office environments. "Bribery cases should not be covered up at government and semi-government institutions, and internal regulations should be in place to penalise wrongdoers", he added.

Lieutenant Colonel Jamal Al Jallaf, director of Criminal Supervision at the Criminal Investigation Department of Dubai Police, told 999 magazine that "Bribery is a new, imported crime. The cases of bribery in UAE society are small in number compared to other countries. This is because UAE society still dignifies traditions and people care about their reputation. Besides, the income of government employees is quite high and employees also receive bonuses, and that helps prevent bribery".

He said Dubai Police had put together a system by which those involved in bribery, in government and non-government agencies, are uncovered. He said federal penal code in article 234 imposes a jail term on civil servants who receives a bribe.

Lt. Col. Al Jallaf said one of the causes of bribery is that some top officials are given complete administrative powers in some establishments, "and that's why we see most of those involved in receiving bribes are decision-makers, in addition to the lack of monitoring divisions that review completed transactions".