Former Leeds Utd boss Haigh to face criminal embezzlement charges

Separate case taken by Dubai prosecutor against Haigh, who has been jailed in Dubai for over a year
Former Leeds Utd boss Haigh to face criminal embezzlement charges
David Haigh, former deputy chief executive of Dubai-based GFH Capital. (Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Thu 11 Jun 2015 12:32 PM

David
Haigh, the former Leeds United managing director who has been jailed in Dubai
for over a year, will face embezzlement and breach of trust charges in the
emirate’s criminal courts.

As well
as the DIFC court proceedings, which consist of a civil claim and counter-claim
involving his former employers GFH Capital, the Dubai prosecutor has initiated
proceedings in Dubai’s  criminal court for breach of trust and
embezzlement.

Haigh
will potentially face the criminal prosecution having to represent himself
after his previous legal team, led by Stephenson Harwood and Olswang, came off
record in May this year. They stopped working for him over unpaid fees of $2.4m
and had sought an order from the DIFC to unfreeze funds.

Haigh,
the former deputy CEO of investment firm GFH Capital, has been jailed in Dubai
since May last year on charges of misappropriating $5 million of the company’s
funds. His assets have been frozen since June last year and he has been unable
to pay his legal team.

Haigh
lodged an application with DIFC Courts to vary the freezing order and permit
the draw-down of funds to pay part of the legal fees and expenses, amounting to
$800,000, to his legal team, led by Stephenson Harwood.

According
to those close to Haigh, he has appealed for lawyers to help him on a deferred
fee basis.

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