US man acquitted of Dubai weapons smuggling charges

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share
(Image for illustrative purposes)

(Image for illustrative purposes)

A US businessman facing weapons charges in Dubai has been acquitted of all charges and expects to be allowed to return home within weeks, it was reported.  

Steve Dolan, vice president for the shipping firm APL, and three colleagues were charged after authorities in the emirate discovered 30,000 handguns in a shipping container en route to Dubai.  

The container, travelling from Turkey to Djibouti, should have been carrying liquid soap but was loaded with both soap products and weapons.

Dolan said the container had not been offloaded in Dubai but switched to a different ship. He was forced to sign a confession in Arabic, evidence which was later thrown out.

The 57-year old businessman said media coverage in Dubai and at home had helped push for a speedy verdict.

“The media attention, especially after it got to the Dubai media, forced this decision rather quickly,” he told the Post-Dispatch.

Dolan said he expects to have his passport returned, allowing him to return to home within six weeks.

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Features & Analysis
Slumping oil won't derail $500bn Gulf infrastructure plan

Slumping oil won't derail $500bn Gulf infrastructure plan

Rich GCC nations will deploy huge reserves to maintain a breakneck...

Saudi Arabia builds start-up culture with state oil money

Saudi Arabia builds start-up culture with state oil money

Gov't has previously has found it hard to promote start-ups in...

How QSTP is incubating innovation

How QSTP is incubating innovation

Courtney Trenwith examines how Qatar’s dedicated research and...

Most Discussed