EXCLUSIVE: Portsmouth chairman to take legal action against newspaper over claims.
Sulaiman Al Fahim will return to Dubai from Moscow on Friday in a bid to clear his name over a property dispute, Arabian Business can reveal.
The UAE businessman is one of three parties ordered to repay an Azerbaijani investor over $2m, after a development by Al Buraq Development and Investment, failed to go ahead in Dubai.
On Wednesday a UAE newspaper claimed an arrest warrant was issued last Thursday after a ruling against Al Fahim last January by the Dubai Property Court. The paper also said that Al Fahim had transferred his assets abroad following the ruling. [ click here to read ]
However, Al Fahim has denied the claims and said he will take legal action against the paper [ click here to read ]. Speaking exclusively to Arabian Business, he said: “There is no arrest warrant, this is a court order that was made against me and two other people, and I intend to settle the matter immediately. Some of what has been written is pure rubbish, especially the claim there is an arrest warrant. I will be in Dubai on Friday, I have cancelled all my other business engagements abroad so I can return to settle this matter.”
He added: “What is being said is completely untrue and my lawyers will shortly begin legal action against the paper’s editor and journalist, in whatever jurisdiction we feel necessary. I cannot control what people write and publish it is up to them, unfortunately if things that are untrue are written, they still get published. I have not transferred my assets out of the UAE, and I continue to run my businesses there.
"What has happened is not unusual following the recession, there are thousands of disputes like mine taking place. These are civil disputes, not criminal disputes. The question is how do you solve them, and that’s what I am trying to do.”
He added: “The most important thing is that I am not in any way trying to hide from this. Of course I want to sort this out and that is why I am, right now, trying to see what are the earliest flights I can get to Dubai.”
Fahim said he is hopeful the matter can be resolved quickly, and intends to attend the prestigious Hot100 party being held in Dubai next Wednesday at The Address Hotel Montgomerrie.
Earlier, Al Fahim also hit back over the claims that he owed over $2m to an investor.
He said: “This is actually a civil case and not a criminal case, and one that has been running for some time. And it is quite straightforward: I owned a tower but sold the plot of land to another party. He paid me AED90 million for this but the cheque bounced, and he has since been jailed. However, this person has continued to sell the development by using my name, effectively claiming I am involved. Its rubbish – I am not involved, I am the victim here. This person has continued to receive monies from customers, basically claiming he is Sulaiman Al Fahim.”