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Gulf Indian says no to fraud charges

An Indian engineer in Bahrain has denied charges of embezzlement and says he's being victimised.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 16:34 IST

An Indian engineer in Bahrain, in custody on charges of embezzling 12,000 Bahrain dinars (BD) from a Bahraini company, has claimed that he is being victimised.

According to reports, the accused, an engineer working in a construction company, has said his Bahraini sponsor is, in fact, his business partner.

The 43 year-old engineer, who has not been named, has also said the Bahraini sponsor actually owes him BD 36,000.

He also claimed that he has already filed a case against his Bahraini sponsor.

The Bahraini businessman had earlier told the police that the defendant absconded from work in April this year and that when he checked the company account books, he discovered a discrepancy of around BD12,000.

"The engineer was not depositing the company sales money in the company account but was pocketing it for his own use," the sponsor reportedly told the police.

The Indian, on the other hand, has been quoted as saying, "I did not commit any breach of trust. I did not receive any money or cheques from the company."

The court has, however, rejected a defence plea to release the engineer and further remanded him to custody until the next court hearing on Oct 1.