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    • Nakheel Dubai Sunland Case
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    • Dubai Nakheel CEO decided to leave the company
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    • Dubai Palm Jumeriah - Investors plan to take legal action
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Dubai property market turned into a nightmare for Marcus Lee

Posted by 7starsdubai on August 28, 2014


A dream job in the Dubai property market turned into a nightmare for Marcus Lee when he was imprisoned on a false bribery charge. In a new book, he describes how he survived five years of living hell, sustained by the support of his wife.

Extract of the Book:

JULIE: I spoke to Matt Joyce’s wife, Ange. She said she had a number for Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the chairman of Dubai World, Nakheel’s parent company, and she would call him to try to get information. She seemed just as mystified as I was.

MARCUS: On the night of January 28, Matt and I were put in the back of a blacked-out 4WD. We started to ask each other questions when one of the Emiratis said, “No talking.” Speaking in a low murmur, I said I was totally confused. Matt dropped a bombshell. He said, “I helped this company open up a trust account.” I said, “What? Which company?” He said, “I helped Prudentia to open up an escrow account, because they couldn’t open up a bank account in Dubai.”

 

Continue reading original source Sydney Morning Herald

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Monaco Prince Albert II has married Charlene Wittstock and made her his princess

Posted by 7starsdubai on July 2, 2011


Monte Carlo 1st July 2011

Marriage Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock Monaco Monte Carlo 1 July 2011 source Mediacentre http://www.mariageprinciermonaco2011.mc

Monaco’s Prince Albert II has married Charlene Wittstock and made her his princess

The civil wedding took place in the Throne Room at the Prince’s Palace. It was celebrated by Mr Philippe Narmino, President of the Council of State.  Mr Philippe Narmino is the Sovereign Family’s civil registrar.

Monegasques had been able to follow the ceremony on giant screens in the Grimaldi Palace Square. The Square was open to Monegasques and their family.

The couple sat in high-backed bright pink chairs and Charlene wore a blue gown.

‘I declare you united by the bonds of marriage,’ Philippe Narmino said.

Following the ceremony, the royal couple appeared on the balcony of the Hall of Mirrors to greet the Monegasque people.

Residents of the Principality Monaco have been invited to a reception in the Harbour at 8 PM.

A big concert had been laid on by the royal couple in Port Hercule.

Schedule for:

Saturday 2nd July

5 p.m.:The religious wedding will take place in the Main Courtyard of the Prince’s Palace. Miss Wittstock, on her father’s arm, will walk along a red carpet from the Carabiniers Barracks to the altar. His Grace Bernard Barsi, Archibishop of Monaco, will celebrate the mass.

The doors of the Palace will remain open in order to enable approximately 3,500 people to attend, seated, the ceremony broadcast on giant screens in the Palace Square.

6.30 p.m.:The royal couple will leave the Palace for Sainte Dévote’s Church so that the Princess can lay down her bouquet.

The public will be able to take position along the whole route to congratulate the royal couple.

The procession will pass along Avenue de la Porte Neuve, Avenue du Port and Boulevard Albert I, and return to the Palace using the same route.

Giant screens will be set up in the Principality so that as many people as possible can follow the religious ceremony and the royal couple’s wedding route.

9.30 p.m.: The official dinner and the ball will take place in the Opera Garnier and the Casino Terraces.

Midnight: Dinner will conclude with a firework display. A wide range of musical entertainment will take place throughout the evening.

For More information visit:

http://www.mariageprinciermonaco2011.mc

Guest List head of States Monaco 1634liste_invites_chefs

A selection private invited Guests Monaco wedding

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RERA Dubai – 90,000 units face cancellation

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 7, 2011


Dubai April 7, 2011

In an interview with XPRESS, Marwan Bin Ghalaita, CEO of Dubai’s real estate regulatory agency, confirmed that 257 projects were under review, many of which were yet to even start construction.

He added that when assessing a project’s viability, RERA would be looking particularly at the ability of contractors and developers to deliver the project.

Last year, RERA cancelled 202 projects where little or no construction had taken place or where buildings were located far from the city’s main infrastructure

 

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ACI Robin Lohmann Dubai – Kapitalanlagebetrug -Staatsanwaltschaft Bielefeld

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 6, 2011


Bielefeld April 5, 2011

Die Staatsanwaltschaft Bielefeld hat gegen die Chefs der Gütersloher Fondsgesellschaft Alternative Capital Invest (ACI) Anklage erhoben.

Die Staatsanwaltschaftwirft Uwe Lohmann (66) und dessen Sohn Robin (36) Kapitalanlagebetrug vor.

ACI hatte mit dem Geld aus den Fonds Hochhäuser in Dubai bauen wollen. Dafür hatte das Unternehmen von 8.000 Kleinanlegern rund 70 Millionen Euro eingesammelt. Die Finanzierung platzte, die Fonds sind mittlerweile insolvent.

Als Geschäftsführer der Immobilienfonds hatten Uwe und Robin Lohmann in den Verkaufsprospekten laut Staatsanwaltschaft falsche Angaben gemacht. “Sie haben erhebliche und nachteilige Tatsachen verschwiegen”, sagte Oberstaatsanwalt Klaus Pollmann, Sprecher der Schwerpunktabteilung Wirtschaftskriminalität, gestern.

continue reading source NW-News

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Dubai Tourists – Alcohol Licence requirement in UAE update January 2011

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 2, 2011


Jumeirah boss slams Brit poll branding Dubai ‘unsafe

Dubai 31 Mrach 2011 source Arabian Business

The chairman of Jumeirah Group, the state-backed hotel firm that
operates Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, has spoken out against a poll branding Dubai one
of the least safe tourism destinations.

A poll of British holidaymakers published last week placed
Dubai alongside Mexico, South Africa and Jamaica as countries they feel least
safe in, a result condemned by Gerald Lawless.

“You can go into our hotels now and just do a sample of all
of our guests and ask if you think Dubai is safe and 99.9 percent of our guests
will say; ‘Absolutely, it is one of the if not the safest destinations in the
world,’” Lawless told Arabian Business
on the sidelines of a Dubai event…continue reading

To end the confusion about the Alcohol Licence requirement in UAE please read the Update quoted from the Website www.dubaifaqs.com

Despite what some people may think, alcohol is relatively freely
available in Dubai (a very stark contrast to Saudi Arabia). Almost all 4
and 5 star hotels have restaurants and or bars where alcohol is served,
and many sports clubs have restaurant and bar facilities for example
the Aviation Club, the Country Club.

Alcohol Licence requirement in UAE update January 2011

Whether or not a resident of, or visitor to, the UAE requires an
alcohol licence to drink alcohol has been a common subject of
conversation and confusion in the UAE. As far as we knew, the situation
was as follows:

  • An alcohol licence is permission to drink alcohol rather than permission to buy alcohol (similar to a driving licence).
  • Tourists and visitors to the UAE do not need an alcohol
    licence to drink alcohol in bars, restaurants, and other licenced
    establishments in the UAE
    they cannot obtain one anyway since a UAE
    residence visa is a requirement to obtain an alcohol licence.
  • Visitors
    drinking alcohol in private homes was always a grey area – no one really
    knows if that is (or was) legal or not (update: apparently it’s illegal
    – see below)
    .
  • Expat residents of the UAE need an alcohol licence to be
    allowed to drink alcohol, whether in hotels, restaurants, bars,
    nightclubs; or at home; or at private houses belonging to friends and
    acquaintances.
  • The question of UAE citizens requiring an alcohol licence is
    moot since all UAE citizens are Muslims, and Muslims are not issued
    alcohol licences.

A report in The National on 27 December 2010 clarified the confusion (or confused the clarification) by saying Federal
law makes it illegal to consume alcohol in the UAE without a licence –
whether at home or in a hotel, and this applies to both residents and
tourists, according to the Abu Dhabi-based lawyer Khalid Mustafa.

  • The lawyer gave as an example a situation where a taxi has an accident, and the passengers had consumed alcohol: “The
    police would take them to the police station and test them, if they are
    shown to have drunk alcohol, they would be held on suspicion of
    drinking alcohol.
  • Thus reinforcing the Land-of-Irony image of the UAE – how
    can a tourist drink alcohol legally in the UAE if they cannot obtain a
    licence? The answer (as with many other irony-clad situations in the
    UAE) is that you can’t but don’t worry about it unless you’re very
    unlucky or very stupid.
  • An unnamed judge in Dubai in the same report confirmed the confusion by saying “The licence and the law are confusing,
  • A 24 January 2011 report in The National clarified things even further by reporting an unnamed CID official as saying “If
    I walk into a hotel or bar and I can see that the people drinking are
    Muslims, as a security official, I do not have the right to arrest them.

    And also reporting that Even if a someone were walking in the street
    and was clearly drunk but did not have the alcohol with him and was not
    causing problems, police would not arrest him, the officer said
    .
    Which seems to contradict many anecdotal, and media, reports of people
    who have in fact been arrested while appearing to be drunk in public,
    and in some cases not appearing to be drunk but suspected of having had a
    drink. Be careful out there.
  • However, the report did start off by saying Police will
    not arrest anyone for alcohol violations unless some other crime has
    been committed, despite unambiguous laws on the books, according to a
    top police official in the capital
    . Which by and large seems to sum
    up the situation in the UAE. Drinking alcohol per se won’t get you in
    to trouble, but if you do something else to attract the attention of the
    authorities, or are blatantly drinking or drunk in public, then you
    will probably suffer an alcohol related penalty involving a fine (up to
    AED 5,000?), and/or jail (up to 5 years reportedly), and/or deportation.

 

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Saif al Islam Gadaffi – We have no money outside the country

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 4, 2011


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Bahrain protesters claim two people dead – ABC News Correspondent Beaten Bahrain Protest

Posted by 7starsdubai on February 17, 2011


source ABC News

ABC News correspondent Miguel Marquez was beaten during a military crackdown in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, that protesters claim left two people dead.

Protesters are demanding not just jobs but also the release of political prisoners, broad constitutional reforms and an end to the monarchy that has ruled Bahrain for 200 years.

King Hamad al khalifa went on television to call for an investigation into the deaths and ordered police to back off.

“The result,” said Marquez, “thousands of protesters, who say they won’t leave the square until they get what they want.

“On Friday there is a call for an even bigger demonstration. Organizers expect tens of thousands — maybe more than 100,000 people to show up. At this point, this protest is only growing stronger.”

continue reading

watch video from ABC

http://abcnews.go.com/assets/player/walt2.6/flash/SFP_Walt_2_65.swf

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ACI Real Estate Dubai also insolvent ?

Posted by 7starsdubai on January 19, 2011


Dubai Property buyers who purchases units from the Dubai based developer Alternative Capital Invest (ACI) have received notices from the the liquidator in Germany.

The letter said that investors who purchases units at ACI should file claims as part of the liquidation of several funds in Germany. Several funds of ACI filed bankruptcy in mid 2010 in Germany.

The bankruptcy proceedings of those funds will provide an important
guide for how property developments with complex financing arrangements
and ownership structures are dealt with as thousands of legal cases
over property go through the courts in Dubai and abroad, lawyers say.

None of ACI 17 projects in Dubai have ever been completed.

ACI sold this projects through direct sales from its office in Dubai and several investmentfunds in Germany and Austria.
According to German press, up to 8,000 investors paid close to 210 million into the fund all told, and the German public prosecution is investigating ACI after fraud charges were filed by a number of investors. Dubai-based investors have received notices in the past week to file claims as part of the liquidation, reports the National. Ludmila Yamalova, a managing partner at HPL Yamalova & Plewka in Dubai, told the paper, “What is interesting is that the fund in Germany is being liquidated, but direct buyers of properties in Dubai are being notified as well. We interpret that as ACI Dubai also being insolvent.”

source KippReport
and The National

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Dear Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on September 15, 2010


Sara Qurashi has written an Eid Letter to Sheikh Mohammed. The 11 year old Girl from Dubai is still waiting for an answer, an reaction or an gesture of his Highness.

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Dubai Property Investors frustrated

Posted by 7starsdubai on August 1, 2010


source Emirates Business 247
Dubai, 29 July 2010

Investors in the UAE’s real estate are a frustrated lot, but not just because the sector is in the throes of the worst-ever slowdown it has witnessed. That’s a known fact, and most investors have reconciled to it.
However, what is not known and, therefore, much more frustrating, is the status of the projects in which they have invested their hard-fought cash.

Many developers in the country have apparently chosen to not communicate with their clients about when the stalled projects are going to take off and when will they be delivered, if at all.
Property blogs and social media sites are full of frustrated investors venting their ire.
continue reading….

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Who is carrying the risk – Dubai’s unfinished construction projects is in the hundreds of billions of dollars

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 18, 2009


extract of original TheDailyMarverick

Some say the sum for Dubai’s unfinished construction projects is 400 billions of dollars , so who is carrying the risk?

Multiple reports state that Abu Dhabi will “pick and choose” how to assist Dubai.

As capital of the United Arab Emirates and home to the central bank that feeds the cluster of seven emirates, everybody is exposed to everyone else. Abu Dhabi pumps 90% of UAE oil, so that’s a big hedge. But just as Dubai World has subsidiary upon subsidiary, and extends its tentacles into state enterprises, parastatals, and listed firms, it’s hard to track where the fault lines lie in the patchwork that is UAE finances, and beyond into the markets of the Middle East proper.

Abu Dhabi’s own cost of insuring its debt against default has soared, from just less than $100,000 per $10 million, to more than $177,000. And while this number fluctuates with the desert winds, there’s no guarantee that Abu Dhabi will keep forking out money to save its emirate cousin. For now, though, the prospect of rising costs on its own borrowings appears to have galvanised Abu Dhabi into providing more cash to Dubai. Stock markets swelled after Abu Dhabi’s payment of $10 billion to its neighbour, with Abu Dhabi’s stock market clambering 7.9%, while Dubai’s benchmark index rallied 10%, the biggest single-day gain in more than a year. But this remains far below its level before Dubai World announced it wanted a hold on debt.

Reuters quotes Abu Dhabi people who say most of the über-emirate’s credit flow was too big, government-backed entities in Dubai, which helped collateralise Abu Dhabi’s own late entry into the wedding-cake architectural stakes.

“During those years, the property market was still in its infancy in Abu Dhabi, so like other banks here, we, too, diverted our credit to Dubai,” one Abu Dhabi bank executive said. “We have to face the stress that will be caused to our balance sheet and profit and loss account due to this exposure to Dubai World and associated companies because it is a default. Yes, we will have to take more provisions.”

No one yet knows where the debt really resides.

Western banks appear to have some $12 billion of exposure to Dubai’s unfinished building frenzy.

There’s a sprinkling of Islamic sukuk bonds, such as the one that funded Nakheel’s $4.1 billion of due debt.

But the market wants to know if Abu Dhabi’s latest $10 billion was a gift, or a loan, or came from the proceeds of a veiled asset sale.

Abu Dhabi recently launched a push to improve transparency and raise money overseas, to help fund its own 20-year development programme. And so far, the emirate has raised about $8 billion this year on international credit markets.

But last week, ratings agency Moody’s placed the credit ratings of several big Abu Dhabi companies on review for a possible downgrade, citing uncertainty over government support. And in the meantime, rival agency Fitch downgraded Dubai Bank, and also Tamweel – the largest provider of UAE real estate financing. It also downgraded Bahrain’s TAIB Bank.

Another motivation for Abu Dhabi helping out Dubai World is the company’s Dubai port operations, which it needs to market as a dependable global transport hub.

Dubai has got off lightly to date. But if the property market doesn’t return soon, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of skyscrapers and palm-shaped islands will remain unfinished hulks amid the dunes and warm waters off Dubai’s coastline.

more.

Read more: Barrons, Reuters, Guardian, The Wall Street Journal

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Emirates Airlines debt touches 9,9 Billion US Dollar

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 13, 2009


original source Zawya from GulfNews
Friday, Dec 11, 2009

Dubai Emirates airline’s gross debt stood at $9.9 billion (Dh36.3 billion) while its net debt as of yesterday rose to $8.2 billion (Dh30 billion) as it raised a further $1.13 billion (Dh4.1 billion) to finance six Airbus A380s, out of 53 ordered.

“At present we have 141 aircraft in our fleet and another 151 on order. Gross debt is $9.9 billion and net debt is $8.2 billion. Our debt is paid over a long term,” President Tim Clark told Gulf News yesterday.

Emirates, the largest Arab carrier, yesterday said it has raised $1.13 billion (Dh4.1 billion) for Airbus A380 deliveries, in what is perceived to be a very difficult credit condition where loans are hard to come by.

Schedule

“Reflecting the airline’s robust delivery schedule, Emirates will receive the first of these aircraft early next week, with a second arriving in late December and the remaining four A380s due for handover in 2010,” the airline said in an e-mailed statement.

These six aircraft will form part of the 53 Airbus A380 aircraft that Emirates currently has on firm order. Prices of A380s start from $275 million, depending on specifications and deal size.

The carrier’s current order book is worth $58 billion in book value. The company has a cash flow of $3 billion — enough to fund future acquisitions, Maurice Flanagan, Emirates Group Vice-Chairman, told Gulf News recently, as the airline expects more than 20 per cent growth in profits in the current financial year ending March 2010.

The financing for these six aircraft was arranged and funded under two separate finance agreements. The first agreement, covering three A380s, has been undertaken with Citibank, backed by a guarantee from the European Export Credit Agencies.

A second financing agreement has been arranged through Doric Asset Finance and covers the remaining three A380 aircraft.

Clark said: “Emirates remains in a secure financial position despite the global financial crisis. We have never encountered difficulties in obtaining finance for our aircraft acquisition programme, with both international and regional banks comfortable with our financial stability.

“As one of the world’s most profitable airlines, Emirates has always honoured its financial commitments and we continue to progress with our rigorous fleet and network expansion plans.”

Emirates will deploy the A380s on the Seoul route from December 14. Emirates will also receive its seventh A380 this month, scheduled to service the Dubai-Paris route three times a week from Dec-ember 29, becoming daily from January 17, 2010.

Although global credit conditions remain tight, the global aviation industry remains on growth mode.

The International Air Transport Association reported scheduled traffic results for October 2009 showing improving conditions.

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Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Issa Al Nahyan put on trial

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 11, 2009


original source Zawya – original reported bySimeon Kerr Financial Times

Friday, Dec 11, 2009Abu Dhabi authorities have put on trial Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a member of the ruling family caught on tape apparently torturing an Afghan business associate, the Financial Times can reveal.

Sheikh Issa, one of 19 sons of Sheikh Zayed, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s late ruler, is charged with causing harm and endangering life.

This unprecedented trial, held away from the public eye, will be seen as a barometer for the rule of law in Abu Dhabi, where the lines between the government and ruling families are blurred.

A former aide, Bassam Nabulsi, leaked a video this year that appeared to show Sheikh Issa brutally torturing an Afghan commodities trader, Mohammed Shah Poor, in 2004.

read the full article Zawya

Update 13 December 2009
Afghan Torture Video man filed a criminal lawsuit claims 100.000 Dhs damages, accusing the former business partner of deformation ( emotional and moral damages he claims to have after the video`s broadcast on television.
read more Gulf News December 13. 2009

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Vergewaltigung in Dubai – Der Fall Alexandre Robert

Posted by 7starsdubai on January 10, 2008


Entführt, vergewaltigt, als Homosexueller kriminalisiert: Der Fall eines 15-jährigen Franzosen, der in Dubai von drei Männern missbraucht und vielleicht mit HIV infiziert wurde, sorgt für Empörung in Frankreich und Aufregung in den Emiraten. Jetzt begann der Prozess gegen die Täter.
Dubai – Touristenmagnet, Boom-City und Steuerparadies in einem: Dubai lockt seit Jahren Millionen von Ausländern in die Wüste am Persischen Golf. Doch nicht immer hält die glitzernde arabische Metropole, was sie an Modernität verspricht.REUTERS
Vor dem Gerichtsgebäude in Dubai: Véronique Robert umarmt ihren Sohn AlexandreDies musste ein 15-jähriger Franzose schmerzlich erfahren, als er am 14. Juli dieses Jahres mit einem Freund in das Auto eines ihm bekannten Dubaiers stieg, um sich von einem Einkaufszentrum nach Hause fahren zu lassen. In dem Wagen saßen seiner späteren Aussage zufolge noch zwei weitere Einheimische. Sie fuhren mit den beiden Franzosen in die Wüste, bedrohten sie mit einem Messer, hießen den einen, sich hinter einer Sanddüne zu verstecken, während sie den anderen im Auto der Reihe nach vergewaltigten.
Dann fuhren die Männer den misshandelten Alexandre Robert zurück in die Stadt und warfen ihn aus dem Auto – nicht ohne ihm eine Drohung mit auf den Weg zu geben: “Ich werde dein Haus niederbrennen und deine Eltern verbrennen, nachdem ich Sex mit deiner Mutter gehabt habe”, soll einer der Männer laut Aussage des 15-Jährigen gesagt haben.
Alexandre alarmierte trotzdem sofort die Polizei und erstattete Anzeige. Drei Stunden lang vernahmen ihn die Ermittler, dann nahmen sie noch am selben Tag die drei Verdächtigen fest.

Jetzt standen die 18 und 35 Jahre alten mutmaßlichen Vergewaltiger in Dubai wegen Entführung und sexuellen Missbrauchs vor Gericht. Ein dritter, erst 17 Jahre alter Junge muss sich vor dem Jugendgericht verantworten. Alle Angeklagten plädieren auf nicht schuldig. Bei einer Verurteilung droht den Erwachsenen die Todesstrafe, der Minderjährige muss mit bis zu zehn Jahren Haft rechnen.

Für Alexandre Robert häuften sich nach dem Überfall die Probleme: Noch in der Tatnacht besuchte er eigenen Angaben zufolge einen Arzt, der ihn kurz untersuchte und das gefundene Sperma zur DNA-Analyse gab. Auf zusätzliche Blutuntersuchungen habe der Arzt damals verzichtet, hieß es. In seinen Bericht schrieb der Mediziner, er habe “keine Anzeichen einer Zwangspenetration” feststellen können. Zum Abschied habe er nach Angaben des Teenagers gesagt:
“Ich weiß, dass du homosexuell bist. Du kannst es ruhig zugeben.Ich sehe das.”

Was in westlichen Staaten als Diskriminierung und Vorurteil gilt, bekommt in Dubai ein vollkommen anderes Gewicht: Denn hier, in dem halbautonomen Stadtstaat der Vereinigten Emirate, ist jede Art von Homosexualität – egal ob freiwillig oder eine Vergewaltigung – ungesetzlich und kann mit Haftstrafen bis zu einem Jahr geahndet werden.
Weil französische Diplomaten die Familie Robert auf diesen Tatbestand aufmerksam machten, verließ sie Anfang Oktober Dubai, den Ort, wo Alexandre zur Schule ging und sein Vater als Hotelmanager arbeitet.

“Homosexualität ist sowohl zivilrechtlich als auch gemäß der Scharia in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten illegal”, erklärt Regina Spöttl, Länderkoordinatorin für Saudi Arabien und die Golfstaaten bei Amnesty International. Zwar gebe es Entsprechungen zu den bürgerlichen Gesetzbüchern, wie wir sie kennen, diese basierten aber alle auf den islamischen Gesetzesvorschriften. Homosexualität sei dabei eines der großen gesellschaftlichen Tabuthemen und werde als Abweichung von der Norm, als Sünde und Krankheit begriffen: “Uns sind Fälle bekannt, in denen Männer, die für homosexuelle Aktivitäten verurteilt wurden, mit Hormonen behandelt wurden, um sie von dieser angeblichen Krankheit zu heilen”, sagte Spöttl SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Es gebe diverse Gummiparagrafen wie unsittliches Verhalten oder Erregung öffentlichen Ärgernisses, die vor Gericht benutzt würden, um Haftstrafen zu verhängen. Immer wieder würden auch Auspeitschungen angeordnet, erklärt die Menschenrechtlerin.
Ein Schicksal, das dem 15-jährigen Alexandre hoffentlich erspart bleibt.
Der “New York Times” sagte ein Vertreter der Generalstaatsanwaltschaft in Dubai, man habe nicht die Absicht, den jungen Franzosen strafrechtlich zu verfolgen. Vielmehr strebe man die Todesstrafe für die Täter an. “Dieses Verbrechen ist eine gegen die Gesellschaft gerichtete Schandtat”, so der Sprecher.

Alexandre in Angst vor Aids
Ende August mussten die Roberts eine weitere Horrornachricht verkraften: Einer der mutmaßlichen Vergewaltiger ist HIV-positiv und an Hepatitis erkrankt – eine Tatsache, die von den Behörden in Dubai zunächst offenbar verschwiegen wurde. “Das war eine große Lüge”, empörte sich die Mutter des Opfers, Véronique Robert, jahrelang Mitarbeiterin des TV-Senders “Canal Plus”. Man habe wissentlich verhindert, dass ihr Sohn adäquat medizinisch behandelt wird, nur damit niemand erfahre, dass es Aids auch in den Emiraten gibt: “Die Regierung hat mit dem Leben meines Kindes gespielt”, sagte sie beim Prozessauftakt vor Reportern.
Der Polizeichef von Dubai, Dahi Khalfan Tamim, wies die Vorwürfe von sich: “Dieser Fall ist ein Gerichtsfall. Ich glaube, sie (Frau Robert) beschuldigt einfach jeden.” Weitere Kommentare wollte er nicht abgeben. continue reading………

 

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