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Former Leeds Utd boss back in Dubai jail over slander charges

David Haigh, who was due to be released from jail last month after two years, is said to face another three years in prison

Former Leeds Utd boss back in Dubai jail over slander charges
David Haigh, former deputy chief executive of Dubai-based GFH Capital. (Getty Images)

Former Leeds United boss David Haigh, who was due to be released from jail last month after two years behind bars on embezzlement charges, is facing another three years in prison after new charges were lodged against him, it was reported.

The British businessman on Monday pleaded not guilty to new cyber slander charges brought against him by his former employer, Dubai-based investment firm GFH Capital, the BBC reported.

The 38-year-old was sentenced to two years in jail after being convicted of “breach of trust” by the Dubai Criminal Court in August and was due to be released from jail on Monday, November 16.

The former deputy CEO of GFH Capital, who once served as managing director of Leeds United Football Club, was arrested and jailed in Dubai in May 2014 on charges of misappropriating around $5 million of the company’s funds by generating a series of fabricated invoices and shipping the payments to four accounts in Dubai and the UK.

Haigh is accused of making the slanderous remarks on Twitter and faces up to three years in jail and a fine of up to £5,500 ($8,185). Speaking from a prison cell in Dubai, Haigh denied the latest charges and told the BBC he did not have access to a computer: "Absolutely not. I was held in a jail in Dubai."

“David maintains, as he has done since he was tricked into travelling to Dubai from the UK, that he is an innocent man who is being held in breach of his basic human rights. Other than that he has nothing to say while he remains in jail in Dubai,” Haigh’s spokesperson told Arabian Business.

Haigh’s solicitor said he was unlikely to be granted bail and confirmed he was still planning to appeal the original two year sentence for embezzlement.

A hearing in the latest case  was adjourned until 4 January.

A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed to the BBC Haigh was still in jail in Dubai and it was providing him with assistance.

Dubai authorities and GFH Capital have yet to comment on the latest charges.

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Shehryar Iqbal 4 years ago

Wow ! How arrogant can one be. About to be released , goes to social media and writes stuff instead of being thankful.