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    • Criminal Complaint filed against Al Fajer Properties Sheikh Maktoum
      Criminal Complaint filed in Germany against Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum CEO of Dubai Developer Al Fajer Properties The Dubai Sheikh who mislead and extort a German Couple  Germany – Dubai 2011 A German elderly couple , today 80 + 50 years old who have been Dubai Tourists since a decade, bought in 2005 an apartment at Nakheel´s Dubai Residen […]
    • UAE: Human Rights Blogger, Sorbonne Lecturer Charged With ‘Humiliating' Officials
      source Human Rights Watch www.hrw.org (Beirut) - The United Arab Emirates attorney general should immediately drop all charges against five pro-democracy activists to halt their trial, Human Rights Watch said today. The charges of "humiliating" top officials relate solely to the defendants' peaceful use of speech to criticize the UAE governmen […]
    • Nakheel Dubai Sunland Case
      June 5, 2011After 21 hearings, Chris O'Donnell, the Australian chief executive of Dubai's major developer, Nakheel, came to the defence of his former colleagues Matthew Joyce and Marcus Lee. Mr Joyce and Mr Lee are accused of profiting from the sale of land that had been earmarked for a colossal high-rise development, which was to include the futur […]
    • Dubai Nakheel CEO decided to leave the company
      Dubai June 7, 2011 Nakheel said on Wednesday that its CEO Chris O'Donnell had left the company "after completing his contract terms". O'Donnell, an Australian who joined the developer in 2006, said he had decided to leave Nakheel following five years spent with the company, the statement added. O'Donnell has overseen a traumatic time […]
    • Owner of Dubai Developer Damac Hussain Sajwani files case against Egypt corruption ruling
      Dubai property developer Damac said on Tuesday it had filed an international arbitration case against Egypt over a land dispute and the conviction of its chairman and owner, Hussain Sajwani.A Cairo court last week sentenced Sajwani in his absence to jail and ordered him to pay a $40.5 million fine in connection with his 2006 purchase of land at Egypt's […]
    • Dubai Palm Jumeriah - Investors plan to take legal action
      Investors in Dubai Palm Jumeirah’s Golden Mile complex will this week serve the developer behind the project with a legal ultimatum to hand over their units or issue them with a refund.Up to ten investors in the luxury complex plan to issue Souq Residences with legal notice in a bid to force a resolution to a dispute that has been ongoing for more than a yea […]
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Dubai Fraud Trial – Lawyer asked the court to subpoena Hussein Sajwani, the owner of Damac Properties

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 18, 2009


originaL source The National
DUBAI // Defence lawyers in the Sama Dubai fraud trial tried to use the fallout from the recent restructuring of Dubai World to make their case to the Appeals Court yesterday that their client should not be tried as a public official.

AM, 42, an Emirati and former senior executive at Sama Dubai, was acquitted of charges of breach of duty in July.

Last month the public prosecution asked that he be retried, saying his acquittal came because he had been tried as a private employee.

The prosecutor, Abdel Rahman al Memari, told the court that since Sama Dubai was owned by Dubai Holdings – owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE – AM should instead have been tried as a public official.

In that case, Mr al Memari said, AM would have been legally required to declare commissions he received, including five apartments valued at Dh2.7 million (US$735,000), and Dh200,000 in cash.

If accepted, that claim would have significant repercussions for a number of the fraud cases currently working their way through the Dubai courts, as many of the defendants could similarly be considered to be public officials.

However, in court, the defence pointed out that since Dubai World’s restructuring was announced last month, officials had stressed the arm’s-length relationship between the Government and some of the emirate’s biggest companies.

For the defence, Ali al Shamsi reminded the three Appeals Court judges of government statements saying it would not guarantee the debts of a conglomerate owned by Sheikh Mohammed.

“The recent press statements issued by government officials about the company owned by the Ruler of Dubai are a clear indication that these companies are not government-owned entities,” said Mr al Shamsi.

He referred to a television interview given by Abdel Rahman al Saleh, the director general of the Dubai Department of Finance, in which Mr al Saleh said: “Creditors need to take part of the responsibility for their decision to lend to the companies. They think Dubai World is part of the Government, which is not correct.”

Mr al Shamsi told the court that Dubai Holdings, like Dubai World, was not owned by the Dubai Government.

Its subsidiaries were registered as limited liability companies, he said, meaning that AM could not be charged as a public official.

Meanwhile, Saeed al Ghailani, who is representing a Syrian Damac property development manager, AH, 32, in the same trial, asked the court to subpoena Hussein Sajwani, the owner and chief executive of Damac Properties, to be cross-examined.

AH is accused of being complicit in the alleged bribes of the Sama Dubai employees as well as accepting Dh650,000.

Mr al Ghailani said his client acted according to the instructions of the owner of the company, Mr Sajwani.

The trial was adjourned until January.

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