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Bahrain: BD38,000 drug theft at Salmaniya Medical Complex

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Investigators have unearthed a massive fraud of nearly BD38,000 from a pharmacy in the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) while also arresting two suspects.

The shocking crime where two pharmacists allegedly embezzled close to 244,000 prescription tablets was revealed yesterday by the Financial Crimes and Money Laundering Prosecution Advocate General Nayef Youssef Mahmood.

Public prosecution completed the investigation into the case after receiving a report from the country’s anti-corruption watchdog that the two, who worked at the Salmaniya Medical Complex in Manama, had seized a total of 244,000 medical tablets, the head of the Financial Crimes and Money Laundering Prosecution added.

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The suspects admitted to having manipulated their work in a pharmacy at the centre and lack of supervision by repeatedly embezzling different types of medicines for personal use and distribution to relatives, the official said. Witnesses were also cross-examined in the case.

Over 1,000 tablets and a number of medical preparations had been found in one defendant’s house, according to the report.

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The Bahraini prosecution ordered both defendants to stand trial at the Major Criminal Court.

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