Oman’s National Gas Company has terminated a contract with its CEO, Goutam Sen, following upon the 2014 disclosure that he had been detained over suspected bribes paid to a government official, Trade Arabia reported. The public prosecution then ordered the company to pay $1,29m as a bail for the CEO, Gulf News reported.
Sen was implicated in a widespread corruption scandal in the oil and gas sector in Oman along with other government officials. Over 20 high-ranking officials have been arrested and jailed in the past five years, mostly from the oil and gas sector.
Previously, in 2014, the Muscat Primary Court convicted the former minister of commerce and industry, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communication and CEO of the Oman Oil Company for corruption.
Oman continues to wage a war on graft after it joined the United Nations Convention against Corruption in June 2015, in accordance with Royal Decree No. 64/2013. Heftier penalties for violators have been relatively successful in reducing corruption cases in the country.