Court told manager took bribes in Dubai to ignore Dh8.6m debt

The Dubai Criminal Court was told the shipping company, which provides services by air and sea, ordered that all relations be stopped with one of its clients because of an outstanding debt.

DUBAI // A shipping company manager who was ordered to stop doing business with a client because it owed millions in unpaid fees carried on working with the firm in exchange for a Dh214,000 bribe.

Dubai Criminal Court was told the shipping company, which provides services by air and sea, ordered that all relations be stopped with one of its clients because of an outstanding Dh8.6 million debt.

The Bangladeshi defendant, 46, who worked as manager of the company’s branches in Dubai, continued to provide the client with services in return for payments to his personal bank account.

When he appeared in court he denied a charge of seeking and accepting a bribe.

The shipping company’s public relations manager, a 45-year-old Indian, said the outstanding fees increased to Dh20.5m because the defendant continued to work with the blacklisted firm.

“When we discovered the amounts that were transferred to his bank account, he told us it was a debt the client company owed him personally.

“He told us that he had lent the manager of the client company Dh800,000 and he was paid Dh214,000 from the total,” said the witness.

Records showed the amount was transferred between August 30 and December 18, 2014.

The next hearing will be on November 10.

salamir@thenational.ae

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