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Gulf News will not pay damages in libel suit

Dubai-based daily Gulf News is snubbing a UK High Court's ruling to pay GBP1 million ($1.64 million) in damages to British property developer...

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July 27, 2009 11:18 by



Dubai-based daily Gulf News is snubbing a UK High Court’s ruling to pay GBP1 million ($1.64 million) in damages to British property developer Mark Emlick in a libel suit, according to Maktoob Business.

Emlick accused Gulf News of claiming he absconded with buyers’ money after a property deal in the UAE fell through in an article published in April 2008. The paper also stated that UAE and UK investors were looking for Emlick and his business partner.

However, Emlick had repaid investors their money plus 5 percent interest.

The UK’s High Court ruled in Emlick’s favor and ordered the daily to pay GBP1 million in damages, including legal fees.

Gulf News, however is refusing to pay up. “We will not be paying it,” Abdul Hamid Hamad, editor-in-chief, told Maktoob Business.

“We are not going to appeal. We decided from the outset that we would not defend ourselves in this case.

“We respect any court in the world, but this decision was not made in the UAE and therefore we will not honor its decisions.”

He also said that the paper offered Emlick a chance to reply to the allegations made against him.



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6 Comments

  1. Elizabeth on July 28, 2009 6:38 am

    This is great! Where do you find this stuff? :)

     
  2. Nick White on July 28, 2009 7:04 am

    Come on Gulf News. You were very wrong. You caused this man damage. You contracdict yourself when you say “We respect any court in the world, but this decision was not made in the UAE and therefore we will not honor its decisions”. If you respect other courts, and respect a clear and factually clean cut decision, and if you want to enhance the UAE’s international reputation, rather than besmirch it, then pay up.

    Nick

     
  3. Emma Peel on July 28, 2009 10:23 am

    Gulf News is the pits. They still owe me a month’s salary from 2005. This is the most disgusting company on the face of the earth. This has not suprised me at all. Mrs Emma Peel

     
  4. Natasha on July 28, 2009 12:38 pm

    Seriously! firstly you publish incorrect News! then you contradict your selves, then you say that through your paper the Man has responded???

    One would lose trust to read your daily,, ,as you are trying to cover real news to people, but what about your selves?

     
  5. OFiroz on July 28, 2009 1:20 pm

    This is rediculous! Absolute insane!! Gulf News knows very well the court in UAE will not take any judgement against them, and look at their reply, so kiddish and ametuerish! Gulf News has a good reputation in my mind and somany other in this country. All been tarnished by this insane act and worst reply in the world by any news paper.

    I won’t take Gulf News seriously from today onwards. All news would be like this, simply because they have the comfort blanket of UAE they became so arrogant!

     
  6. marhabahome on August 1, 2009 8:00 am

    Where did you find this news ? It is not a sane decision.

     

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