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Driver accused of offering bribes to escape fine.

Dubai A truck driver has been accused of trying to bribe a guardsman and a safety officer after he was caught at the wheel without a safety jacket at Jebel Ali Port.

Prosecutors charged 35-year-old Indian P.S. with offering Dh100 to the Bangladeshi guardsman to avoid a fine for forgetting to wear the required fluorescent clothing.

Jail wardens did not bring the defendant from detention and produce him before the Dubai Court of First Instance, where he was scheduled to be prosecuted yesterday morning.

According to the charge sheet, the suspect offered Dh100 as a bribe to the 24-year-old guardsman, M.N.

M.N. contacted his boss, an Egyptian safety officer, and informed him what had happened.

Second offer

According to prosecutors, the defendant also offered a Dh20 bribe to the officer for the same purpose.

The guardsman testified that the incident happened shortly after he had asked P.S. to go with him to an office to issue the violation ticket.

"I asked him to accompany me to the desk because he and another passenger, who was present with him in the truck, did not wear safety jackets," M.N. told prosecutors.

"While I was registering the fine, P.S. offered me Dh100 in order not to book him. Immediately I contacted the safety officer, M.M., and informed him what happened.

"M.M. rushed to the office, and the suspect took out Dh20 from his pocket and offered it to M.M. to pardon him from getting the fine."

The safety officer confirmed M.N.'s statement.

Testimony

He said the incident happened around 10pm when the truck driver was driving into the free zone at Jebel Ali Port.

"P.S. offered me Dh20 as a first payment and said he would bring me another Dh80 from his friend if I waived him from the fine for not wearing the safety jacket," M.M. claimed during prosecution questioning.

Presiding Judge Mohammad Majid Mohammad adjourned the case until next month for the suspect to be produced in court.

P.S. offered me Dh20 as a first payment and said he would bring me another Dh80 from his friend if I waived him from the fine for not wearing the safety jacket."

M.M., the safety officer

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