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Mon 21 Mar 2016 01:09 PM

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Former Leeds Utd boss cleared in Dubai over slander charges

David Haigh's spokesperson said he hopes to return to UK in coming days

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

Former Leeds United boss David Haigh has been cleared in a case involving a tweet sent on his behalf while he was imprisoned in Dubai.

The British businessman was due to be released from prison last November after serving two years behind bars on embezzlement charges but faced another three years after new charges of cybercrime were lodged against him.

Haigh was accused of making the slanderous remarks on Twitter, but pleaded not guilty to the charges, insisting that he did not have access to a computer.

A spokesperson for Haigh said today that the court has cleared him of the charges, and that he now plans to return back to the UK.

“David now hopes to be reunited with his family in the UK for Easter. He will have more to say then," the spokesperson said.

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 last year 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.

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