Oman


Five petroleum sector bribery cases come up for court hearing



Muscat: The Appeal Court of Muscat on Thursday reviewed five cases related to corruption in the oil sector.

In the first case, the Public Prosecution had accused the Chief Executive Officer of a major petroleum company, and a former adviser to the Minister of Manpower of accepting bribes from the Assistant CEO of a company.

The assistant CEO paid $400,000 as a bribe to the first and the second defendants to be split between them in lieu of assigning the operation and maintenance of the petroleum company's tender project. 

The tender submitted by the company was quoted at $15 million more than other submissions to win the tender. The two accused denied all the charges. The third accused claimed he does not speak Arabic or English, making it difficult for him to communicate with the first and the second defendant. He said his family is awaiting his return. The case was adjourned to January 30.

In the second case, the Public Prosecution accused an employee at the Ministry of Finance and the head of the Tender Committee at a petroleum company, and the CEO of a company. As per the prosecution, the second accused bribed the first accused with a sum of OMR500,000 for leaking latest information and secret documents related to meetings of the Tender Committee of petroleum company.

In the third case, the employee at the Ministry of Finance and the head of the Tender Committee at a petroleum company were charged with having accepted OMR100,000 as bribe from the CEO of a company to win a tender of Off-plot Delivery (ODC) Contract of a petroleum company.

In the fourth case, the general manager of the oil sector at a petroleum company was accused of accepting a bribe of OMR30,000 to buy a vehicle from the CEO of a company to get classified documents from the petroleum company in order to help his company win tenders.

In the fifth case, the Public Prosecution has accused both the general managers of the oil sector at a petroleum company and the CEO and director of business development at another company of bribery.

The two officials bribed the general managers of the oil sector at with OMR192,000 to get classified documents.

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