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Dubai gets tough on fraud
Those found guilty of corruption now face heavier prison sentences. But Kipp readers are divided over whether enough is being done to tackle financial crime.
April 6, 2010 1:43 by kippreport
But have the Dubai authorities done enough to tackle corporate fraud? In a poll of Kipp readers – which was undertaken before the outcome of the Abdel Salam al-Merri case was known – opinion is divided. Just under half of the respondents said that Dubai has done enough to tackle fraud, while 50.5 percent said that not enough had been done.
Among all respondents, 39 percent said that the “recent high-profile arrests show the issue is being taken seriously”, while 10.5 percent said that, while Dubai is doing enough to tackle fraud, any delay is because “it takes time to gather evidence in such cases”.
But many other readers believe than not enough is being done. “The problem was so rife that they’ve barely touched the surface” was the response of 36.5 percent of respondents, while a further 14 percent said that “some individuals guilty of fraud are still considered ‘immune’,” a reference to the perceived favoritism and ‘invincibility’ of some.
However, as has been stated, this survey was conducted before this week’s ruling against Abdel Salam al-Merri. Kipp will be conducting another poll later this month, to assess what difference our readers think this ‘landmark case’ will make.
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