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Are corporate crimes any different from regular crimes?

Most of our lives and day by day activities are influenced by corporate practices. To a large extent, organizations give the food we eat, the water we drink, the necessities and extravagances of our regular living. Progressively, especially with developing privatization, it isn’t the State that offers us these facilities – however the corporate organizations. Such organizations maintain cash flow in the economy and their investors and give employment to a great part of the populace. Considering the progressive establishing of economy and country’s establishment will certainly enhance this growth in the future. 

Nonetheless, with extraordinary power comes great responsibility. Similarly as people owe an obligation not to hurt or harm others in the public without a justified reason, so do organizations owe an obligation not to harm our water and food, not to contaminate our streams, sea shores and air, not to permit their working environments to imperil the lives and security of their representatives and the general population, and not to sell wares, or give transport, that will slaughter or harm individuals.

Basically, an organization is totally answerable for the activities of their workers performed throughout the business. Frequently, companies are stunned to be included criminally, when the authorities are under the feeling that organizations are acting as indicated by the laws. however, the reality of being unaware of the law won’t pardon them from a punishment under the law. Criminal Lawyers of Dubai have revealed some of the corporate crimes usually committed by corporate entities registered in the country and how such crimes are dealt by the courts of UAE. 

Federal Law number 3 of 1987 regarding UAE Penal Code mostly governs the crimes registered or committed in the country regardless of it being committed by a natural or a legal person. Article 65 of the Federal Penal Code gives that juridical people, except for legislative organizations or government companies, are liable for any criminal activity carried out for their record or in their name by their agent, principal or an employee. Where the punishment for a criminal offense would be non-monetary, the punishment that might be forced against a corporate entity is constrained to a maximum fine of AED 50,000. In any case, this isn’t the maximum penalty one corporate organization face that is found to undertake any criminal activity. Article 22 of the CrPL permits the victim to register a case against the organization (and some other culprit) for civil remuneration in regard of damage endured because of the wrongdoing. Article 65 expressly expresses that the monetary punishment imposed on the corporate entity doesn’t restrict or prohibits the courts to impose a penalty or punishment on any individual corporate wrongdoer. Some common corporate crimes committed by entities in UAE are as follows:

  1. Forgery; 
  2. Breach of trust; 
  3. Money laundering; 
  4. Embezzlement of public funds; 
  5. Corruption or bribery; 
  6. Cheque bounce; 
  7. Cybercrimes; 
  8. Criminal cases against employees for theft in the entity. 

Criminal Lawyers of Dubai has witnessed many corporate entities facing fines or other penalties for the act committed by their employees or top management. Thus, seeking an advice of the best lawyer in dubai is inevitable, if your company is facing such similar issues. 

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