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Court clears brothers of embezzling Dh2 million in Dubai

Khaleej Times logo Khaleej Times 06/10/2017 Marie Nammour
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The Court of Misdemeanors has cleared two Emirati brothers of charges of embezzlement, breach of trust and criminal complicity.

An Algerian businessman has accused the two brothers, aged 32 and 42, of embezzlement and breach of trust when he gave one of them a Dh2 million cheque to pay for utility bills and other expenses in a sports clothing firm he co-owned with one of them.

In his complaint, the 52-year-old Algerian claimed that one of the brothers breached his trust when he signed the cheque and gave it to his sibling to encash it.

During interrogation, the brothers denied the charges. The main accused claimed the plaintiff owed him Dh2 million cheque after their firm had been liquidated which resulted in the plaintiff owing him that amount. The court cleared them of all charges after their defence lawyer proved in his arguments the complainant's accusations were not true. "The complainant had founded the firm and when one of the brothers learned, in 2015, he did not want to take him as a partner he asked for liquidation settlement claiming back the investment money he had put therein. The Algerian issued him a Dh2 million cheque, which was due to be paid on May 28, 2014, but it bounced for insufficient balance," said advocate Hani Hammouda of Kefah Al Zaabi for Advocacy and Legal Consultancy argued on behalf of the two brothers.

"The complainant was then prosecuted for issuing a bad cheque and was cleared. But the acquittal ruling that was issued in that case does not indicate his accusations against my client are grounded or true. He was just attempting to bargain his way out of his financial obligations towards my client."

The lawyer added: "The complainant's statement that he had given the cheque to my client to pay for some fees like dewa bills were not corroborated by any evidence or any witness."

The lawyer pointed out the cheque was worth of the settlement money given to his client out of the liquidation of the firm and not as the complainant claimed.

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