Omani CEO jailed for 23 years in graft case: Court Reply

OOC boss gets 23 years jail term in graft case

Thursday 27th, February 2014 / 22:47

Written by Oman Observer  in Head stories

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MUSCAT — The Court of First Instance in Muscat yesterday sentenced the CEO of Oman Oil Company (OOC) to 23 years in jail, a fine of RO 8 million and ordered him to be sacked from his post permanently in connection with the Sohar Aromatics case.
The second accused in the case — who is a former adviser to the ministry of national economy — was awarded 10 years in jail, a fine of RO 4 million and deportation for a life-long after severing his term.

The third accused — CEO of South Korea’s LGI Corporation — was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of RO 4 million as well as deportation for a life-long after serving his jail term. The court also ordered the restoration of $8 million to the public treasury and that the defendants settle the litigation.

Last December the Public Prosecution accused the CEO of Oman Oil Company with abuse of office, accepting bribes from LGI to facilitate a $1.6 billion pact for construction of the a petrochemical aromatics plant at Sohar industrial port for the Korean firm. In return the defendant took $8.4 million in bribe which he deposited in a Swiss bank. The defendant was convicted of exploiting his position for personal interests, bribery and money laundering

The second defendant was convicted of taking bribes and the third — Korean national CEO of LGI Corporation — was found guilty of offering bribe to procure the contract.

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Omani CEO jailed for 23 years in graft case: Court

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A court sentenced the CEO of state-owned Oman Oil Company to a total of 23 years in jail on Thursday for accepting bribes, abuse of office and money laundering, the most severe punishment meted out in a series of corruption trials that began last year.

The judge at the Court of First Instance in Muscat also convicted Adel al-Raisi, a former aide to the minister of the now-dissolved economy ministry, of organizing a bribe made by a senior official at a South Korea-based firm to Oman Oil Company CEO, Ahmad al-Wahaibi, and sentenced him to 10 years in jail.

The court found the vice CEO of the Korean-based LGI, named in court as Myung Jao Yoo, guilty of paying $8 million to a Caribbean-registered company owned by Wahaibi after winning a billion rial petrochemical project in Sohar Port in Oman.

Myung was also jailed for 10 years. LGI was not immediately available for comment on the court’s verdict.

Oman’s Sultan Qaboos has waged an anti-graft campaign to defuse mass protests in several Omani cities in 2011 that were mainly directed against graft and to demand jobs, issues that fuelled uprisings around the Arab world in the same year.

More than 20 civil servants and businessmen have gone on trial in Oman since last year.

Court documents said the latest case dated back to 2011, when Omani authorities were informed by their Swiss counterparts about suspicious transactions involving Wahaibi’s Swiss bank account. The trial began in December last year.

Oman Oil Company is an investment arm of the government of Oman with over 40 investments inside and outside Oman.

Wahaibi admitted in court to receiving money from Myung but pleaded not guilty to the charge of taking bribes, saying he “didn’t know why LGI transferred $8 million” into his company.

Raisi also pleaded not guilty. He said his confessions during questioning were not genuine

and that he only admitted brokering the deal and receiving the money under pressure.

Myung admitted in court that he had received money from Wahaibi but said he did not remember why. “Maybe it was a birthday gift. I don’t remember,” he told the court.

Apart from the prison sentences, Raisi and Myung were each fined 4 million rials. Myung would be deported after serving his sentence, the court ruled.

Oman Oil Company said in a statement it was committed to “enforcing a stringent code of ethics and corporate governance practices across all levels of the organization”.

Its Deputy CEO, Mulham Al Jarf, said he was given the “rights, responsibilities and authorities of the CEO in August 2013 to ensure that the business operations of the company remain uninterrupted,” the statement added.

At the hearings, Wahaibi admitted that after the cash was deposited into the accounts of his company, he had given the two other defendants their shares of the cash.

The court sentenced Wahaibi to 10 years in jail and fined him 4 million rials ($10.39 million) for accepting bribes, 10 years for money laundering and one million rials and three years in prison for abuse of office.

The court also confiscated all the bribe money in his frozen Swiss bank account. Lawyers confirmed Wahaibi’s sentences would run successively.

($1 = 0.3850 Omani rials)

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Life at The Cross Roads!

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change – Charles Darwin
History repeats itself because man is incapable of learning from experiences! – George Bernard Shaw

 

I do not know about you but I have recently found that at whichever turn I take now I do meet people that are not good nor sincere people in life that will make promises but not keep – and will purposefully and willfully annoy and upset you with bad hearts and intentions! They are the same people that would easily land you in great distress and troubles if it will suit them – and there are simply no red lines or barriers.

People that are proud and conceited – and even if they know they have done something purposefully wrong to you will Never Apologise – but smirk as you squirm and fidget.

People that will put fingers in your eyes – and expect you to not fidget and remain calm!

People that are moving us into polarization, divisions and splits – and abuse our hospitality, respect and welcome – because they see us divided, polarized, weak and docile!

People that are purposefully and willfully rude, arrogant, mean, vicious and dastardly!

Something gotta give – or break at anytime – like the cinder fire burning heatedly underneath before it surfaces – and explodes in our faces!

People that will judge and criticize you without knowing all the facts and the truth – because it suits them – or just do not care or bother!

It seems it is the in-thing fashionable thing to betray and cause harm and destruction as just being The Norm for many of them!

But the worst kind are those people that can help you in your plight and situation – but choose not to and not to be bothered! Why rock the boat? And what for?

Day by day things are getting worse – and even those people that were once considered nice and helpful are joining the bad and nasty group – with no scruples or conscientious objection.

We simply need to self analyse our selves and in deep conscience before we enter the cesspit of only more decay, decadence and malaise!!

Perhaps it is the age thing or depression setting in – or simply having been beaten many times before one has become sensitive and small things that never upset and annoy you before now do!

Perhaps being diabetic is also a contributory factor!

What do you think? Have you any views to share with the rest of us? Why are people so proud and conceited that only they are important and the rest are not! That they are only ones that are correct, ethical, principled and professional – but the rest are not!

It is not only outsiders but goes now with so-called friends, relatives and even family members too!

People that enjoy seeing others in troubles and distress – or enjoying putting them in troubles and distress.

No one cares or bothers anymore – and Religion has just become ‘a fashion’ – but not to put your soul, heart and mind into it!

And Yes! We do see things Live on Television how small things with bad hearts have turned so bad and led them to great disasters and calamities – but we ado not care nor bother – as if nothing can happen or touch us!

Allah have mercy on us!

Very sad and tragic!

May Allah Have mercy on us and Guide us to the right path and way – Ameen Amen

Take Care!

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We have heard the Israeli version of how they treat immigrants – now this is the version of how Arabs treat Arabs that are immigrants! Internal Displaced People (Person) IDPs!

Sad and tragic really! Made me weep – not cry!

Undocumented migrants and refugees in Lebanon reflect on the trials of a rootless and helpless existence

This home felt just like a prison!

We felt like we were just like prisoners!

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In the coming storms – simply no one will be spared – simply no one! Because of bad hearts at work – and everyone thinks they are right and correct only always!

A Passage to Nowhere!

Published on Feb 25, 2014

A story of migrants in Lebanon, whose dreams of finding a new life abroad often turn out to be little more than fantasy

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For years before Syrian refugees began flooding over the border into Lebanon, undocumented migrants from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Somalia and Sudan have been making the hazardous journey there. This film hears from the refugees themselves, about why they came to Lebanon in the first place, what their lives are like, and where they hope to eventually be.

For years before Syrian refugees began flooding over the border into Lebanon, undocumented migrants from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Somalia and Sudan have been making the hazardous journey there.

Most of them do so in the often vain hope of being relocated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to Europe, the US or Canada.

To get to Lebanon, they cross borders and rough terrain. But when they get there, they live on the margins of society and often have to stay far longer than expected.

This film hears from the refugees themselves, about why they came to Lebanon in the first place, what their lives are like, and where they hope to eventually be.

Through three main characters – a Sudanese woman, a young Iraqi, and a Syrian man – the film tells the story of their alienation from mainstream society and their prolonged wait to have their cases processed.

For many migrants, the dream of starting a new life abroad often turns out to be nothing more than a fantasy. Sometimes they never leave, and their journey to Lebanon is truly just a ‘passage to nowhere’

Syria overtakes Afghanistan as the country with the highest refugees in the world! Watch Ukraine now!

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“For him it was a dark passage which led to nowhere, then to nowhere, then again to nowhere, once again to nowhere, always and forever to nowhere, heavy on the elbows in the earth to nowhere, dark, never any end to nowhere, hung on all time always to unknowing nowhere, this time and again for always to nowhere, now not to be borne once again always and to nowhere, now beyond all bearing up, up, up and into nowhere, suddenly, scaldingly, holdingly all nowhere gone and time absolutely still and they were both there, time having stopped and he felt the earth move out and away from under them.”

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(Reuters) – A breakthrough peace deal for Ukraine halted two days of violence that had turned the center of the capital into a war zone and killed 77 people, bringing sweeping political change that met many demands of the pro-European opposition.

Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich agreed to give up powers, hold early elections and form a government of national unity. Parliament voted for changes to the legal code that could see the release of Yanukovich’s jailed rival, opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

By nightfall, opposition leaders who signed the deal were addressing peaceful crowds from a stage in Independence Square, which for the previous 48 hours had been an inferno of blazing barricades and protesters were shot dead by police snipers.

Although the flames were out, the crowd was still defiant, holding aloft open coffins of slain demonstrators and making speeches denouncing the opposition leaders for shaking hands with Yanukovich.

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Sad what is now happening in Egypt – used to be the leading Arab Nation now reduced to discord, splits and divisions! So are the Arab Nations – others and even those that went through the Arab Spring Revolutions! Like Libya, Yemen etc!

When we Arabs will ever learn? Until it is too late for everyone?

Like George Bernard Shaw said it – or words to similar effect – Islam is the best religion in the world – but its people are the worst!

Leading Islamic Nations instead of uniting  all us and for the sake of our Islam are fighting proxy wars – and causing more harm, decay, havoc and disasters to others! :(!

Very sad and tragic!

May The Good Lord Protect and Preserve us from his anger and fury! Amin Amen

Take Care!

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The West African nation’s naira currency immediately weakened in response.

Last year Sanusi reported that $50 billion worth of oil sold by the state’s Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. had not been paid to the government. The Senate Committee on Finance last week ordered an independent forensic audit into the missing money, now said to amount to about $20 billion. The Finance Ministry said missing receipts recovered in an audit accounted for the rest of the missing money

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In the end in life history will judge us by our actions – or inactions!

In life we do not know what will happen next – so there is no need for grudges or revenges – because we do not know how where and when we will die! People will only remember us for what we have done – or not done!

At one time Peugeot was The Top French car – 60% of cars in East Africa were Peugeot – with a big factory in South Africa! Nobody ever imagined it will be sold one day! To DongFeng – Chinese! Since 1810 inception! Detroit the capital of The USA car industry the City Council went bankrupt! There was a shutdown in the most powerful state in the world!

Ukraine and Egypt are now also burning now too! So there is NOTHING permanent or forever in the world!

My sincere apologies and take care! But one day people will remember me – mark my words!

Allah Kareem – God Is Great!

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Majid Al Suleimany 

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Does The State have a right to name our own children?

I would say a definitive, emphatic and affirmative yes – but sense and sensibility need to prevail also! Though I  think it is Shakespeare that had said a rose named by any other name would smell just as sweet! Of course with the Cynics adding ‘mind the thorns’!

If I wanted to name my son as Cheetah, Tiger or Lion in East Africa they would look me up in my face and ask me to have my head examined! But yet I have a son named as Fahad (Cheetah) because a great king had the same name!

Recently my son tried to name his newly born daughter as SIBEL – which has meaning of something like rain drops before it hits the ground – and so many other varied meanings – like Oracle, Prophetess etc – but all good and nothing bad in reality! It is also a common name in Turkey after a famous actress! Sebil Kekilli, Sebil Redzip – Muslim Turkish names!  In France it carries the connotation as ‘ so beautiful1’.

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His application has been turned down flatly and continuously as he goes up undefeated and determined  – even though the name is ‘in the acceptable names dictionary list’! Even after formed a committee to study the name! Like in most committees if you make annoyance in the beginning of your application – and especially to the influential person in the committee – who will see that his view reigns supreme!

These kind of ‘red tape and bureaucracy’ still irks and upset people very much  – despite all the changes being propagated and in modern tools and apparatuses! Our public officials will not change – it is in-built in them as ‘part and parcel’ of what they really are – and will not change!

For me personally I prefer respect and esteem than building big infrastructures etc – whilst the things in the public offices have simply not changed! But if these things can happen to even the highest public institutions in the country that should lead by real examples more than rather preach and rhetoric – I simply ask the favourite question like in my columns – what else is new?

May God Help and Direct us all into the right path and direction always – Ameen – Amen

Take Care!

Majid Al Suleimany