Dubai lawyer denies stealing millions from ex-Thai PM

Emirati accused of embezzling $129m from Thaksin Shinawatra during Manchester City deal
Dubai lawyer denies stealing millions from ex-Thai PM
Manchester Citys former owner Thaksin Shinawatra stands with new chairman designate Khaldoon Al Mubarak in Manchester
By Bloomberg
Fri 18 Mar 2011 08:57 AM

A Emirati lawyer has appeared in a Dubai court to deny charges that he stole tens of millions of dollars from former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The lawyer, Khaled al-Muhairy, 45, a partner at a Dubai firm, is charged with breach of trust, attempted fraud and forgery charges. He pleaded not guilty,

Prosecutors told the court Thursday that al-Muhairy took money from an escrow account his firm had been hired to manage in 2009.

The attorney is accused of taking $129m; $97m of that from Thaksin's sale of the Manchester City football club. He also stole millions to buy a villa and tried to steal millions more for a plane.

Thaksin was ousted in a 2006 coup and has often used Dubai as a base while in exile.

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