DUBAI // A man who offered a customs inspector an Dh80,000 bribe to allow a shipping container filled with banned red sandalwood into the country will spend three years in jail.
The Dubai Criminal Court convicted Sri Lankan M J, whose age was not given, of offering a bribe to a public employee between July 7 and 9, 2013.
M J was prosecuted in absentia after he escaped from police shortly after his arrest.
Prosecutors said Emirati inspector N A was at his post in Jebel Ali Port when M J approached him and asked for his phone number.
“He said he needed my help, so I gave him my number and informed my boss afterwards,” said N A.
After being advised by his manager and police, the inspector answered M J’s call, during which the Sri Lankan offered the bribe.
The court was told that M J at first offered to pay Dh50,000 but increased it to Dh80,000 after the inspector haggled.
When the two met to exchange the money and documents for the container, M J was arrested.
However, he managed to escape arrest after pretending that he needed to use the toilet. His case was referred to court to be prosecuted in his absence.
Exporting red sandalwood is restricted because of its status as an endangered species, according to international conservation agreements.
Source: uae news