Government officials honored by Dubai World
As part of its efforts to fight corporate fraud, Dubai World has honoured all the UAE government departments and agencies that contributed to the recent successful extradition to Dubai from Thailand of a former executive of its subsidiary Limitless and his arrest on charges of corruption and betrayal of trust. The accused, who was a fugitive for the past three years, held the post of Human Resources Manager.
At a grand event organised at Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, Abdul Qadir Obaid Ali, Director, Group Internal Audit, Dubai World, and Abdullah Mohammed Khamis, Head of Fraud Prevention Department, Dubai World, distributed appreciation certificates to representatives of the government bodies that were involved in the anti-corruption operation.
They included representatives of the Department of Internationally Wanted Fugitives, Dubai Police, International Criminal Police Department in the Ministry of Interior, International Cooperation Department in the Ministry of Justice, Foreign Residents’ Affairs Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the UAE Embassy in Thailand.
The UAE organisations were praised for the sustained and coordinated operation they conducted over three years to locate, identify and arrange the legal formalities for the extradition of the former Limitless executive, who was brought to Dubai from Bangkok on June 7 to face trial.
Abdul Qadir Obaid Ali, Director, Group Internal Audit, Dubai World, said: “This was a model case of fruitful cooperation among several departments over a long period that eventually achieved the required results. We extend our deep gratitude and appreciation to Dubai Police, and the Federal ministries of Foreign, Interior and Justice. Dubai World’s Group Internal Audit is committed to protecting public funds, the integrity of the Group and the UAE’s reputation. We will continue to cooperate with all the government authorities concerned in order to accomplish our mission.”
Abdullah Mohammed Khamis, Head of Fraud Prevention Department, Dubai World, said: “Bringing fugitives to justice is one of the most challenging tasks since it is time consuming and demands meticulous effort. In the case of the former Limitless executive, we worked closely with the official bodies concerned and specialised international agencies to track the accused. Finally, when he was located in Bangkok we requested an Interpol Red Notice to get him arrested and brought back to the country. The team work of Dubai World’s Fraud Prevention Department has proved to be dynamic and adequate in all the cases investigated so far, including this one, which we believe is a proud achievement for the UAE as a whole.”
The Fraud Prevention Department, established in 2008, plays the role of a guardian against corruption within Dubai World Group. It handles all cases involving violation of company policy such as betrayal of trust, bribery, forgery, misuse of powers, misappropriation of public funds and similar issues. The Department carries out detailed investigation of the cases, verifies all evidence and recommends appropriate follow up actions, including referring the matter to legal authorities in preparation for trials, or the issuing of administrative decisions against the accused.