Acquittal not enough for compensation


February 21, 2016

In 2008, an employee was arrested due to a criminal complaint filed with the Public Prosecutor by his employer.

The employee was accused of embezzling RO30,000 from his employer’s company. However, the employee was acquitted by the Criminal Courts as it was decided that there was insufficient evidence to convict him.

Consequently, the employee filed a civil suit against his employer, claiming compensation for moral damages for the period during which he was under arrest and investigation. The Supreme Court held that the employer had a statutory right and legitimately exercised that right by resorting to the judicial system, especially as the amount of the alleged embezzlement was substantial.

The Supreme Court also stated that the acquittal was insufficient grounds for compensation. Accordingly, the Supreme Court rejected the case.