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Passports of Al Boom accused withheld

Passports of Al Boom accused withheld. (EB FILE)

By Mohammed Elsidafy

Dubai Court of Misdemeanor has refused to respond to a request by defendant AS in Al Boom case to release the passports of the accused and allow them to travel freely.

The court adjourned the case to March 7 to enable the defence to look into the case.

Eight defendants are facing charges in the case. They are led by AB, who is accused of breach of trust and providing Dh900 million worth of cheques that bounced. His co-defendants are Emirati KA, Emirati AS, Somali ZA, AH, Somali ZY, Egyptian MI and Mali MM.

All defendants were present at yesterday's session.

All the accused were released by the court, but their passports were withheld.

The defence team admitted that a USB key containing the case details was given to them by the public prosecution but they have not been able to access the details as the USB key was infected with virus.

They urged the court to grant them more time to look into the details.

The defence also claimed that they have not received documents pertaining to the case from an office belonging to Al Boom.

The public prosecution filed a case against AS after it accused him of breach of trust and providing 3,700 checks valued at Dh900m.

His co-accused have been charged with participating in the crime.

Earlier, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had issued a decree establishing a special judicial committee tasked with liquidating the financial assets of Al Boom.

The decree sets out guidelines and procedures to be followed by the committee in accounting for all funds, property and assets held by Al Boom and further instructed that a list be prepared detailing the names of the creditors along with the amounts they were due.


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