The High Appeals Court has acquitted three expat employees, aged 53, 35 and 49, accused of embezzlement after the expert assigned to audit the accounts of the company didn’t take the initiative to verify the facts with the defendants.
The three defendants were earlier convicted and handed down sentences ranging between three years and five years behind bars, but their appeals proved successful.
The trio includes the general manager, the project manager, and a quantity surveyor.
This judgment came after their lawyer, Islam Ghunaim, argued that the expert who was assigned by the company to audit its accounts was tasked without informing the defendants and he didn’t meet them throughout the whole process, which is against the local laws.
He pointed out that as a result of this the report must be deemed illegal and couldn’t be counted as evidence for judging.