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Galfar board to meet after officials convicted
January 13, 2014, 4:45 pm
Galfar Ali among the 10 richest Indians in the Gulf

Galfar Engineering, an Omani construction firm, said on Monday its board would meet to discuss plans to ensure that its operations were not impacted by a court judgement handed down on Sunday against two of its employees for corruption.

Galfar's managing director, Mohammed Ali, and a former business development manager, Abdullmajeed Nushad, were handed jail terms of three and two years and ordered to pay fines worth 600,000 rials ($1.56 million) and 200,000 rials respectively by an Omani court.

The verdict was the first in a trial process which involves more than 20 government officials and private executives from Oman's oil industry and related sectors, on trial on charges of offering or accepting bribes in exchange for contracts, mostly in infrastructure projects.

"The Board of Directors of the company will convene an urgent Board Meeting to review the situation and formulate an urgent action plan to ensure that the company's operations are not affected by the said primary court's judgement," Galfar said in a bourse filing on Monday.

The statement added that the defence lawyers would be appealing the judgement.

Galfar's shares slumped in the opening minutes of trading, down 6.5 percent at 0619 GMT.

As the founder of Galfar Engineering and Contracting Co, Dr P Mohamed Ali has earned his stripes as one of the Gulf’s leading entrepreneurs.

From its start in 1972, the firm has grown into the single largest private sector employer in Oman, with an annual turnover of more than $1bn and more than 27,000 staff.

Outside of his business interests, Dr Ali is the founder of the Oman Petroleum Alliance and the former vice chairman of the state-backed Omanisation Joint Committee.

His charitable works include founding the PM Foundation, which promotes education in rural Indian communities, and being chief patron of the Talikulam Vikas Trust.

Dr Ali has been awarded the Oman Civil Order for his services to the sultanate and, in 2004, received the coveted Outstanding Non-Resident Indian Awar


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