A US businessman who fled from Dubai to Yemen while on bail for embezzlement charges has been extradited back to the UAE, a Washington-based spokesperson said.
Zack Shahin, the former CEO of real estate developer Deyaar who had been jailed since 2008 for embezzlement, was returned to the Gulf state “without a court hearing on extradition”, Darren Spinck told the Associated Press.
No details were immediately given on Shahin’s whereabouts. Spinck said he had at least three medical emergencies while in Yemeni custody.
Shahin fled to Yemen via Oman after being granted bail in August. His legal team said he had feared for his life after threats were made against him, a charge that Dubai security officials deny.
Shahin, who was released on US$1.4m bail, had been in jail since 2008 over embezzlement charges. He was released last month after US authorities expressed concerns about his health after going on hunger strike in May.
The former executive’s flight is expected to embarrass US authorities who had exerted pressure on the UAE to resolve the case. US officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, had raised his case with authorities in the Gulf state.
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