On Saturday of 13 January the Abu Dhabi Court of Cassation issued rulings convicting one Emarati man, his wife, and 16 other defendants of various offences, including misappropriation of public funds, forgery, corruption offences, appropriation, commercial fraud, and disruptive activity at a public facility.
The judgments included convictions of 66 years in prison for the first defendant and his wife, along with a separate 10.6 million dollars fine.
The remaining defendants received prison sentences ranging from three to 15 years and fines totaling 3.5 million dollars for their involvement in these crimes.
The crimes included requesting and accepting a bribe in exchange for using alleged influence to mediate with a public authority for personal gain.
The accused also tampered with the water line connecting to a farm by reducing water flow and installing no metre, causing damage to the water facility pipes by connecting a farm's water line directly to the main line, and consequently disrupting the public facility.
The defendants committed intentional acts of vandalism against the electricity facility's equipment at six properties owned by the first defendant. Moreover, it included disconnecting the main protection device from the electrical panel, causing electrical short circuits and disrupting the public facility by cutting off electricity to other users.
This also constituted a potential threat to public safety due to the risk of electrical leakage and ignition caused by randomly disconnecting and reconnecting wires in the panels, in violation of established safety regulations and standards.
Furthermore, the defendants stand accused of encroaching upon public land by attempting to merge two farms separated by a public road, thereby disrupting the flow of public transportation.
This alleged land grab involved unlawfully occupying the public road and further involved the forgery of official and electronic documents to facilitate the scheme.
The defendants also face charges of commercial fraud related to deliberately altering the essential characteristics and validity of goods and products, including organic food items. This allegedly involved providing incorrect and misleading commercial data, posing a potential risk to public health and safety due to the nature of the tampered products.
Edited by Chloe Mansola
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