Hot on the heels of the 23 year / 5 million rial sentence that the ex Oman Oil Company CEO got last week, the courts have handed down another couple of sentences this week. The first one was to Adel Al Kindi, former CEO of the Oman Refinery Company before it was merged with Sohar Refinery, Aromatics Oman and Oman Polypropylene to form Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic).
Mr Al Kindi got 3 years in jail, a fine of 1 million rials and dismissal from Government service for 30 years - he was accused (and found guilty of) abuse of office and for accepting a bribe from Mr Faithi Alaaiddin (of CCC - Consolidated Contracting Company) to "facilitate CCC-Oman operations". He demanded 10% of a $15 million Contract but eventually agreed to 5%, and got paid $750,000 by CCC-Dubai.
Mr Al Kindi was a very prominent business man, he is (was?) a member of the State Council (which is the HM appointed upper house of Parliament), a founding member and board member of Bank Nizwa (he staked 1 million rials when it started), and perhaps the most amusing given this news, on the board of Galfar.
Now, it appears that the chaps at CCC have been very naughty boys, because in a second case involving Mr Faithi Alaaiddin (former Managing Director of CCC-Oman) and his colleague Rizq Mustafa (also an executive at CCC) were also found guilty of bribing Qasim al Shizawi, director-general of ports in the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Mr al Shizawi was found guilty of accepting a RO 200,000 bribe from CCC for fixing the award of a number of Duqm area contracts to CCC. His sentence is 3 years and a RO 750,000 fine for accepting the bribe.
And the boys from CCC? They both got 3 years, Mr Alaaiddin got RO 500,000 and Mr Mustafa got RO 300,000 fines, along with deportation back to their native Egypt at the end of their stay at the Sumayil Shangri-La. The MD of CCC, Alaaiddin, will have his sentence commuted to 6 months and then deportation in light of cooperation in the case (source).
I wonder what will happen to those projects that are running with CCC right now?
A month ago, the National Gas Company announced that it's CEO, Goutam Sen, had been detained under charges of bribing a government official. So perhaps we'll hear more on that case in due course too.
Amusingly, neither Oman Oil Company, CCC, or Orpic have any press releases on their websites discussing the recent successful prosecutions of their very senior management, I guess technically al Kindi didn't work for Orpic so that's understandable. And perhaps the funniest of all, Galfar's last press release on their homepage is titled: Galfar MD bestowed 'Times group' award. If you go into their news section, the latest story is a 10 million Contract win though. Don't these organizations have a duty to acknowledge this? I guess not.
Speaking of Galfar, rumours are flying around town that Dr Ali has left Oman and is currently in India.... no idea if they are true or not though.