Dubai attorney general to push for Sanjay Shah's extradition to Denmark

Essam Issa Al Humaidan lodges appeal after Dubai court rejected Danish tax authority's request

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Dubai's attorney general will push for the extradition of a British citizen accused of a $1.7 billion fraud in Denmark, after a local court rejected a Danish request this week.

Essam Issa Al Humaidan has appealed against the ruling by Dubai Court of Appeal judges which allowed Sanjay Shah to remain in the emirate.

A fresh hearing will be heard before the Court of Cassation, the highest court in the three-tier system.

Shah, a hedge fund manager who lived in a mansion on Palm Jumeirah, remains in detention, his lawyer told The National this week.

“In accordance with the authority vested in him under the Law of International Judicial Co-operation, the Attorney General of Dubai has appealed the ruling of the Dubai Court of Appeal refusing the extradition request,” a statement from Dubai Government Media Office said.

Shah is wanted by Danish authorities for alleged tax fraud.

Danish tax authorities accused Mr Shah of being a key player in a scheme in which foreign businesses pretended to own shares in Danish companies to claim tax refunds for which they were not eligible

Dubai Police arrested Shah in June following a request by Denmark.

On Monday, judges said UAE prosecutors acting on behalf of the Danish government had not properly submitted court documents that met the threshold for extradition, though they did not release full details.

Following that decision, Shah's lawyers began pushing for his release.

Then, in an unexpected turn of events on Thursday, judges in Dubai presiding over a civil lawsuit filed by the Danish government ruled that Shah must repay $1.25bn to the Danish state.

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Updated: September 16, 2022, 10:08 AM