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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 Aarti Nagraj
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 www.SaveZackShahin.com.
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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