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Tue 26 Aug 2008 07:02 AM

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Doctors called in over $6.8mn bad cheques case

Psychiatrists will decide on condition of manager accused of issuing cheques.

Doctors have been asked to decide whether an executive manager from a Dubai company was mentally stable when he allegedly signed three bad cheques worth $6.8 million.

The Dubai Court of Misdemeanour has referred the 29-year-old British suspect to Rashid Hospital's psychological ward.

A committee will examine his mental state and decide whether he is responsible for his actions.

The Public Prosecution charged the Brit with issuing three cheques which later bounced. When the bank teller rejected the cheques because of insufficient funds, the company's legal representative informed the police, UAE daily Gulf News reported on Tuesday.

His lawyer Eisa Bin Haidar is quoted as saying: "The court agreed to refer the suspect, who has pleaded innocent, to Rashid Hospital where psychiatrists will decide whether he is responsible for his behaviour.

"We explained to the court that he didn't sign the cheques... he suffers from epilepsy and isn't responsible for his actions."

Bin Haider added that his client's signatures had been forged and called on the court to refer the cheques to a committee of experts to verify the authenticity of the signatures.

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