Letters of support for jailed former Galfar MD

Correspondence posted on personal website of Mohamed Ali

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Jailed former Galfar managing director P Mohamed Ali has been receiving letters of support from the Indian community, the GCC and further afield.

Ali was sentenced to three years in jail in January after being convicted on corruption charges. As well as the prison sentence, he was also fined $1.5m (OR600,000). He has maintained his innocence and is appealing the verdict.

And the former head of Omani Society of Contractors, a non-resident Indian, has been backed by a number of company bosses from the Middle East and his native homeland.

Posted on his personal website are 168 messages of support from individuals, groups and companies entitled: “Messages from well wishers of Dr P. Mohamed Ali’.

These include: “We are sure very soon you will emerge as a phoenix from these hard times with more glee and glitter on your face and a beaming head restoring the pride and prestige of your company and its proud employees,” K.V. Abdul Azeez, KAP India Projects and Constructions PVT Ltd.

And: “We hardly believe the legal charges imposed on you and strongly believe such a personality like you will not break any law,” said in a letter on behalf of the staff from Mondial Logistics.

While the Welfare Association Trust, in India, said: “We have good faith and hope in the world renowned judicial system that prevails in the Sultanate of Oman…….We express our sincere gratitude for all your financial and moral support.

“We also hope that better council will prevail and justice will be done to you and you will be freed from all legal barriers.”

K.V. Shamsudheen, director of Barjeel Jeojit Securities LLC, wrote: “The recent press report shocked me, which I will not believe. I am sure the accused crime will not happen from your side.”

And P.K Ahammed, chairman, Peekay Group, added: “I was really shocked to hear the news about Dr Mohamed Ali Sahab from the media. I could not believe my ears for Dr Mohamed Ali Salab is a person of unusual greatness, whom all Keralites respect and admire..........I am very much concerned about him. He is a man of exemplary character.”

Following the sentencing, Ali resigned from the Board of Directors of Galfar.

The verdict was the first in a trial process which involves more than 20 government officials and private executives from Oman's oil industry and related sectors, on trial on charges of offering or accepting bribes in exchange for contracts, mostly in infrastructure projects.

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