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UK tourist in Dubai 'can't afford to pay' $46k Lamborghini fines

Brother of Farah Hashi, who racked up $46k fines in just three hours in Dubai, says he is unemployed and cannot settle debt

UK tourist in Dubai 'can't afford to pay' $46k Lamborghini fines

British tourist Farah Hashi, who racked up fines of AED170,000 ($46,283) in just three hours after violating speeding limits while driving a Lamborghini Huracan in Dubai, cannot afford to pay the fines, his brother has claimed.

Hashi, aged 25, from Newport, Wales is currently unemployed, his brother Adman told media in the UK.

He was quoted as saying: "There is no way he has that money. He is out of work at the minute and went to Dubai to visit friends."

He added that his brother has had to borrow money to pay for the extended stay in his hotel and the family do not know how he will get home.

"He didn't even pay to hire the car. One of his friends had sorted it out for him. He was caught doing 200 km/h but he didn't know the laws over there," he said in comments published by the BBC.

Earlier this week, Faris Mohammed Iqbal, a partner in Saeed Ali Rent A Car from which Hashi rented the car.

He told Arabian Business he does not plan on returning the tourist’s passport, which remains in his possession as a deposit, until he pays the fines, adding that he plans to file a case against the tourist.

“I’m going to take legal action and file a case against him. It’s not my fault, but now I can’t rent my car, and he won’t pay the fines,” he said, adding that car rental firms are required to pay the amount if consumers fail to do so, or else risk losing the car, which will then be impounded.

Hashi was believed to have been driving the rented supercar, worth AED1.3 million, at a speed of 230-240km/hour between 2:30am to 6am on July 31 on the Sheikh Zayed Road, as well as other roads in Dubai.

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