Indian businessman sentenced to jail in Oman
Prominent Indian businessman based in Middle East and Managing Director of Galfar Engineering, Mr Galfar Mohammed Ali was sentenced to three years in jail by an Omani court after conviction on corruption charges. Along with Galfar Mohammed Ali, an Omani government official and Galfar official Abdullmajeed Nushad were also sentenced to jail of up to three years, the first ruling in a case that is shaking up the country's business environment.
More than 20 government officials and private executives from Oman's oil industry and related sectors are on trial on charges of offering or accepting bribes in exchange for contracts, mostly in infrastructure projects.
Corruption is a politically sensitive issue in Oman, which saw sporadic street protests against graft and unemployment in 2011 as political unrest gripped other Arab countries.
The court sentenced Mohammed Ali to three years in jail and also ordered to pay 600,000 rials (approx 10 Crores IRs) in fines. Court also ordered to deport Mr Ali after they serve their sentences.
Galfar Engineering & Contracting is one of the largest, multi-disciplined engineering, contracting and construction company in the Middle East with branches in Kuwait and other GCC countries.