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Five high-profile arrests in the UAE

Five high-profile arrests in the UAE

Many expatriates face jail terms in the UAE for crimes ranging from indecency to murder. Here are a few cases that caught international media attention.

August 5, 2009 1:57 by

3. Last month, the Pakistan Cricket Board fined its fast bowler Mohammad Asif Rs1 million (around $12,000) for “bringing the country into disrepute” following his detention in Dubai last year for possessing drugs, reported the Guardian.

In June 2008, Asif was detained at Dubai airport after a small amount of opium was found on him. Following a 19-day detention, he was deported to Pakistan without the authorities pressing criminal charges.

4. American businessman Zack Shahin was not so lucky. The ex-CEO of Dubai-based property developer Deyaar, Shahin was detained in March 2008 for alleged fraud. Shahin, who is still behind bars, has since accused Dubai authorities of torture and detention without charge, and Human Rights Watch has also asked the UAE government to investigate his claims.

The UAE authorities were also criticized heavily by Shahin’s lawyers for blocking access to the site

5. In July this year, two men suspected of involvement in the assassination of former Chechen commander Sulim Yamadayev were referred to court, according to Dubai’s Public Prosecution. Yamadayev, who was an opponent of the Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov, was shot in the car park of the Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai earlier this year.

The two men’s involvement is unclear, but Acting Attorney General of Dubai, Yussef Hassan Moutawa, told the UAE official news agency WAM that he had wrapped up the investigation and that further suspects had been identified.

“The Interpol has issued an international red arrest warrant against the fugitives. They will be referred to us, as soon as they get arrested anywhere in the world. They committed the alleged murder in Dubai, the place of jurisdiction where they will be prosecuted,” he said.

Dubai police chief Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim has accused Chechen politician Adam Delimkhanov of ordering Yamadayev’s assassination.

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  1. Amin on August 6, 2009 5:21 am

    READ : The authorities were also criticized heavily by Shahin’s lawyers for blocking access to the site…………. Afraid of intelligence of readers….Or no confidence in the trust of public…..Guess, it takes years to break from this mode of thinking….Till then…..Keep Smiling !!!

  2. mo on August 6, 2009 9:14 am

    i can only rate this article as total crap from the journalism point of view, i know Kipp has nothing to offer but to Quote the gulfnews and the National everyday, but you guys make gulfnews looks like the NYT.

  3. Mike in ireland on August 6, 2009 11:53 am

    Come on guys this is all old crap. Can u not find something newsworthy to publish!!!!
    When on leave we like to keep informed on what is happening not what has past

  4. Raghda Helal on August 6, 2009 11:59 am

    I think this article is a bias and a condescending portrayal of the UAE.

  5. Basel A-Shaban on August 8, 2009 6:39 am

    WOW…Cover Story. I read the comments made and I must agree, what in the world you guys are thinking?? This is not a cover story, this is “I am running out of ideas, I missed my deadline to submit my other good story, I need help not to lose my job STORY”. Give us a break.

  6. Ravi Shankar on August 8, 2009 9:57 am

    One noticeable feature of all criminal activities when ever an white skin man is involved, their sentences gets either computed or released immediately. In case the imprisoned person is from Asian Continent or Philphines, they do not get any such relief even if they are innocent. Once they are arrested probably atleast for anothe one or two years they are held in detention on some or other technical grounds.

  7. Amin on August 9, 2009 11:23 am

    Ravi Shankar – Though you sound pretty “racist” ( thats the way this word has come to mean in the english-speaking world as I know it) I cannot stop myself from saying: There is no smoke without fire somewhere…It is upto the concerned UAE authorities to decide if they feel worthwhile to address such perceptions…. they may choose to ignore as sometimes in the past…However, Ms. (I presume) Raghda Helal’s missing the point, or trying to close eyes on reality when she(or he if I was wrong earlier) says this article is a bias…The article lists some old (as some have commented…too old and rather not ‘new’ news for them, facts of criminal cases in UAE…So how can we view facts as bias ? Yes, you can think of the non-mention of achievements as one-sided view but the articles are titled and have to stick to them !
    Keep Smiling !!!!

  8. Doug on August 10, 2009 9:56 am

    Nothing about Matt Joyce at Nakheel being found with his hand in the till?


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