Abu Dhabi: The senior officials reveals that the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has logged 50 criminal cases alleging financial irregularity and bribery in the last 22 months. It further mentions that Department logs registered 21 cases of financial corruption involving stealing of public funds during 2017-18, hence Justice investigators probed a further 29 cases of bribery in the same time period.
The UAE laws reports revealed that violators face imprisonment with sentencing terms determined by the scope and scale of the cash amount and damages involved.
On the other end, as per media, Humaid Zuma Al Darmaki Counsellor head of Abu Dhabi Appeals Productions said “ Corruption-related crimes are serious and complex. They are a crime associated with many of the prevailing economic and social factors. The UAE has adopted a clear strategy to tackle financial crimes at the participation and cooperation of all concerned authorities such as law enforcement agencies, government agencies, and financial institutions”
It further revealed that the UAE had signed an agreement with the United Nations for fighting corruption on August 10, 2005, and implemented it on February 22, 2006.
On such crimes, AI Darmaki said that in the case of financial stealing, any public service officer found guilty of committing such white-collar crimes shall be punished by provisional imprisonment.
In a meeting dubbed the department organized that “ Legal Framework for combating corruption to highlight the legal framework of corruption such white-collar crimes shall be punished by provisional imprisonment.
If the crime includes forgery and faking official documents a sentence could extend not less than five years, and fine is more than Dh10,000 can also be imposed.
Al Darmaki has said that Courts may also order full restitution of stolen money. As per the Article No 237, the person who bribes and who takes the bribe can be jailed for five years. He further added that the UAE is considered an example for its successful effort at fighting corruption. He lauded international agreements and police cooperation in exchanging information which helped crackdown on corruption.