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Ex-Leeds Utd chief jailed in Dubai 'has never applied for bail'

DIFC Courts document also says costs related to David Haigh case amount to more than $2m, expected to double

Ex-Leeds Utd chief jailed in Dubai 'has never applied for bail'

David Haigh, the former Leeds United managing director held in jail in Dubai for more than 300 days without questioning, trial or charge, has never applied for bail, according to court documents.

In a new ruling by Justice Sir David Steel in the DIFC Courts on an application by Haigh to vary a $5 million freezing order issued in June 2014, it says the opportunity for bail has never been taken.

Justice Steel said in the judgment dated March 24 that the freezing order permits the defendant to apply on paper for permission to fund a bail condition, despite the restraint on his assets. "However no such application has ever been made," he added.

Justice Steel said he dismissed the latest application by Haigh apart from a "very minor adjustment to increase his living allowance from $500 to $750 per week".

The court documents also reveal that the the costs related to the Haigh case already incurred by February "were already enormous", estimated to be about £1.4 million ($2.09 million) and this total is likely to double in the future.

“...the defendant has posted a startling range of different figures for his funding application... It leaves little confidence on the part of the court in any of the evidence advanced by the Defendant about his expenses,” Justic Steel's ruling said.

Haigh and his former employer Dubai-based GFH Capital have made numerous counter claims against each other since the former club manager was arrested in Dubai in May.

Haigh is accused of embezzling at least £4 million ($6.2 million) from his former employer by fabricating about 100 invoices and arranging payment into at least four different bank accounts in Dubai, London and Manchester.

In a civil case, GFH is seeking $5 million in damages plus costs and “such further or other relief as the court thinks fit”.

GFH launched legal action against Haigh following his arrest soon after arriving at GFH’s Dubai offices on May 18.

Haigh had resigned from GFHC in March, a month before resigning as managing director of Leeds United.

Haigh counters that he was dishonestly lured to Dubai to be arrested and is claiming £1 million in damages for pain and suffering, loss of liberty, earnings and reputation.

Earlier this month, Haigh said in a dramatic interview with the charity Prisoners Abroad, that he considered committing suicid during his early days in prison.

"I was beyond desperate. I was suicidal. I even planned to hang myself on the cell door and managed to find some strong material. I just wanted it all to end - to get rid of the fear, desperation and the pain. It was crushing me," he said.

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