Oman’s Court of First Instance on Sunday sentenced prominent NRI businessman P Mohammad Ali, former managing director of Gulfar Engineering and Contracting SAOG, to 15 years in jail and slapped a fine of OMR 1.7 million (Dh16.9 million) after convicting him of five graft cases, reported Gulf News.
A native of Thrissur in Kerala, Mohammad Ali owns leading hotel chain Mfar Group of Hotels.
The Gulf News reported that another official of Gulfar was also sentenced to 15 years in jail and fined OMR 534,000 on charges of a direct accomplice of Mohammad Ali in the bribery cases. The court also ordered deportation of the two Gulfar officials after completing their sentence and ordered to pay OMR 300,000 in case of appeal. The verdict was part of ongoing corruption cases related to oil and gas sectors.
Mohammad Ali is the founder and managing director of Gulfar, one of the biggest construction firms in Oman. He had resigned as the MD in January this year after the court convicted him in the corruption case. Gulfar is the single largest private sector employer in Oman and the richest Indian in Oman.