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Survey finds bribery runs highest among courts in Mideast

  • FILE - In this June 24, 2011 file photo, supporters of the Communist Party hold banners demanding cancellation of the sales tax during a demonstration by opposition parties demanding an end to government corruption in front of the prime minister's office in Amman, Jordan. White placard on right reads, "People want the stolen money back." A new report by an anti-corruption watchdog reveals that nearly 30 percent of people in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service and that courts had the worst bribery rate of six services asked about. (AP Photo/ Nader Daoud, File)

    FILE - In this June 24, 2011 file photo, supporters of the Communist Party hold banners demanding cancellation of the sales tax during a demonstration by opposition parties demanding an end to government corruption in front of the prime minister's office in Amman, Jordan. White placard on right reads, "People want the stolen money back." A new report by an anti-corruption watchdog reveals that nearly 30 percent of people in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service and that courts had the worst bribery rate of six services asked about. (AP Photo/ Nader Daoud, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Friday, April 1, 2011 file photo, supporters of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh gather outside the Al-Saleh Mosque during a rally supporting him in Sanaa,Yemen. A new report by an anti-corruption watchdog reveals that nearly 30 percent of people in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service and that courts had the worst bribery rate of six services asked about. (AP Photo/Yemen Lens, File)

    FILE- In this Friday, April 1, 2011 file photo, supporters of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh gather outside the Al-Saleh Mosque during a rally supporting him in Sanaa,Yemen. A new report by an anti-corruption watchdog reveals that nearly 30 percent of people in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service and that courts had the worst bribery rate of six services asked about. (AP Photo/Yemen Lens, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Saturday, June 22, 2013 file photo, Zaydi shiite and Sunni men pray at a mosque in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen. A new report by an anti-corruption watchdog reveals that nearly 30 percent of people in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service and that courts had the worst bribery rate of six services asked about. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

    FILE- In this Saturday, June 22, 2013 file photo, Zaydi shiite and Sunni men pray at a mosque in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen. A new report by an anti-corruption watchdog reveals that nearly 30 percent of people in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service and that courts had the worst bribery rate of six services asked about. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)  (The Associated Press)

A new report by an anti-corruption watchdog shows that on average, 30 percent of people in nine countries surveyed in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service.

The poll by Transparency International , released on Tuesday, also found that courts have the worst bribery record among six services it asked about.

The watchdog interviewed 11,000 people in nine Mideast countries and found bribery is especially huge in Yemen, with 77 percent of respondents in the impoverished country saying they have had to pay a bribe to access public services.

That figure was about 50 percent in Egypt, Sudan and Morocco. The poll, carried out in direct interviews at various times in 2014 and 2015, gave a 3 percent margin of error.