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Dubai court acquits engineer charged with leaking trade secrets

Malicious case filed against accused after he complained of non-payment of his end-of-term benefits, his lawyer says

Four Nigerians are in court for assaulting a man in Dubai.  AFP
Four Nigerians are in court for assaulting a man in Dubai.  AFP

An engineer charged with leaking trade secrets was cleared by Dubai Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

Court documents showed that the Indian, 34, had lodged a labour complaint against his company on January 6, 2020, for non-payment of his end-of-term benefits.

Two weeks later, the engineering company accused him of leaking confidential project designs in an attempt to force him to withdraw his complaint.

“This is a malicious case filed by the company he worked for because he lodged a labour complaint against it seeking his benefits of more than Dh30,000,” Emirati lawyer Mohammed Al Redha told the court.

Court documents showed the designs were emailed to him by another employee in an attempt to frame him.

“This employee was hired to replace my client and was asked to email the designs to him. Later, the company sacked my client and flew him back to his home country,” Mr Al Redha said.

“It’s obvious this was fabricated to implicate him. He possessed these designs before he quit and made no attempts to get hold of them after he resigned.”

Updated: February 17, 2021 08:48 PM

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