DUBAI, July 18, 2008 (AFP) – A state minister in the United Arab Emirates is to be tried on charges of breach of trust, fraud and abetting a crime in an unprecedented case in the Gulf country, newspapers reported on Friday.

The unnamed minister of state and three alleged associates will go to court after the public prosecutor in Dubai investigated a complaint lodged by a Lebanese businesswoman last month, Dubai’s attorney general Issam al-Humaidan was quoted as saying.

The minister’s name has not been made public since reports of his alleged offences surfaced last month. The alleged offences were committed before he entered government, according to the reports.

The Lebanese businesswoman accused the minister of “breaching the trust of her family’s business, including a huge property and a company based in Dubai,” the daily Gulf News quoted Humaidan as saying.

He will be questioned by a court on charges of breach of trust, embezzlement, swindling and aiding and abetting a crime, Humaidan said.

It was not clear when the trial would start.

Khaleej Times, describing the case as unprecedented in the oil-rich UAE, said it relates to a business association which began in 1995 between the suspect and the woman’s brother, who died in 2005.

Al-Bayan said the minister’s alleged associates include an American and two Gulf nationals.

DUBAI, July 18, 2008 (AFP) – A state minister in the United Arab Emirates is to be tried on charges of breach of trust, fraud and abetting a crime in an unprecedented case in the Gulf country, newspapers reported on Friday.

The unnamed minister of state and three alleged associates will go to court after the public prosecutor in Dubai investigated a complaint lodged by a Lebanese businesswoman last month, Dubai’s attorney general Issam al-Humaidan was quoted as saying.

The minister’s name has not been made public since reports of his alleged offences surfaced last month. The alleged offences were committed before he entered government, according to the reports.

The Lebanese businesswoman accused the minister of “breaching the trust of her family’s business, including a huge property and a company based in Dubai,” the daily Gulf News quoted Humaidan as saying.

He will be questioned by a court on charges of breach of trust, embezzlement, swindling and aiding and abetting a crime, Humaidan said.

It was not clear when the trial would start.

Khaleej Times, describing the case as unprecedented in the oil-rich UAE, said it relates to a business association which began in 1995 between the suspect and the woman’s brother, who died in 2005.

Al-Bayan said the minister’s alleged associates include an American and two Gulf nationals.

 

 

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