Six Filipino workers are facing prison and fines for smuggling diesel fuel in Saudi Arabia.
The six were part of an eight person group who were arrested for the incident – the other two are Egyptian and Pakistani.
The investigation shows one of the accused, a drilling supervisor, paid $150,000 dollars or SR560,000 to another defendant in return for his signature. That signature allowed for the boat carrying the smuggled fuel to leave Saudi waters.
Further investigations show that the defendants received bribes from the boat commander for his assistance in the smuggling case.
A second defendant has confessed that he accepted the amount in exchange for his signature as an authorized officer.
Presently, the six Filipinos are all detained in Dammam and face fines and possibly up to 10 years in prison for the offence.