Deyaar, Z.S. ex-CEO likely to be sentenced in absentia

The legal proceedings and cases levelled against the ex-CEO of Deyaar, Z.S., would go on and he would be sentenced in absentia if he is not deported by Yemen to the UAE, Z.S.’s lawyer told Khaleej Times on Monday.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Tue 28 Aug 2012, 8:42 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:36 AM

Ali Al Shamsi denied that the cases of the former Deyaar’s top executive would be closed if he was not extradited to the UAE. He also said that he has backed off from legally representing the 45-year-old US businessman in the graft cases levelled against him in the UAE.

He expressed disappointment and shock on the fleeing of his client to Yemen after being released on bail from prison here. “I have been working on his cases for more than five years. Securing his release on bail was not easy at all. Tons of hurdles had come in our way and eventually we overcame them for his conditional release.”

Al Shamsy confirmed hearing reports about US diplomatic efforts to have the former Deyaar executive deported to the US rather than extradite him to the UAE to resume his trials on fraud and bribery charges.

The lawyer ascertained that all the cases against ZS would go on and he would be sentenced in absentia if he was not deported to the UAE.

Asked whether ZS had faked his sickness to walk out of jail Al Shamsy said his former client had serious kidney problems.

Media reports say that ZS is currently being held in a high-security prison in San’a after his infiltration into Yemen by land. It was not clear when the former Deyaar top executive fled the UAE and infiltrated into Yemen following his release from prison. He violated his bail conditions which were restriction from travelling and commitment to attend all his trial hearings.

The former CEO of the real estate developer was released on bail in July after depositing Dh5m financial bond at the Dubai courts.

He also deposited his passport and that of an Emirati guarantor.

He was granted bail after his defense lawyer Al Shamsi repeatedly requested the different court benches hearing ZS’s cases to grant his client, bail, citing serious health condition.

Yet following his release, Shahin skipped two or three hearings into his trials on the same health grounds. The lawyer provided the court with medical reports stating that his client’s health had been damaged by the long detention.

ZS who was detained in Al Aweer Central Prison for more than four years in connection with four graft cases of fraud involving more than Dh 300 million and misuse of powers, had in the weeks preceding his release gone on hunger strike to protest his long provisional detention without bail.

He has been embroiled in four cases of abuse of his post while at Deyaar and misappropriating over Dh300 million in public funds.

His release from detention was also secured after his legal team in the US exerted efforts to gain 
support of the US Department of State.

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