UAE sentences former Khashoggi lawyer to 3 years in prison

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has sentenced an American citizen and the previous lawyer of Jamal Khashoggi — the dissident Saudi journalist who was killed at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018 — to a few many years in prison on prices of funds laundering and tax evasion.
The lawyer, US citizen Asim Ghafoor, will be deported, the UAE’s state-run WAM information agency documented late Saturday, without saying when. The Abu Dhabi Funds Laundering Court also ordered that Ghafoor pay a wonderful of USD 816,748 stemming from his in absentia conviction.
The UAE framed Ghafoor’s arrest as a coordinated move with the US to “combat transnational crimes.” Emirati state-run media said American authorities had requested the UAE’s assist with an investigation into Ghafoor’s alleged tax evasion and suspicious dollars transfers in the Emirates.
The autocratic Gulf Arab sheikhdom introduced the jail sentence a day soon after Washington-dependent human legal rights watchdog Democracy for the Arab Earth Now, DAWN, raised alarm about Ghafoor’s arrest from Dubai Global Airport.
DAWN mentioned that its board member, a civil legal rights legal professional primarily based in Virginia who had represented Khashoggi and his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, was in transit to Istanbul on Thursday to attend a marriage when plainclothes Emirati security agents scooped him up and sent him to an Abu Dhabi detention facility just before he could alter planes.
Ghafoor had no expertise of any situation from him and experienced transited as a result of Dubai without incident a lot less than a calendar year back, DAWN mentioned.
The US Embassy in Abu Dhabi did not straight away respond to a request for remark.

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