UAE sentences former Khashoggi lawyer to 3 years in prison

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has sentenced an American citizen and the previous attorney of Jamal Khashoggi — the dissident Saudi journalist who was killed at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018 — to a few a long time in jail on charges of income laundering and tax evasion.
The attorney, US citizen Asim Ghafoor, will be deported, the UAE’s state-run WAM news company noted late Saturday, with no expressing when. The Abu Dhabi Cash Laundering Court docket also purchased that Ghafoor fork out a fantastic of $816,748 stemming from his in absentia conviction.
The UAE framed Ghafoor’s arrest as a coordinated transfer with the U.S. to “combat transnational crimes.” Emirati point out-operate media reported American authorities experienced requested the UAE’s aid with an investigation into Ghafoor’s alleged tax evasion and suspicious funds transfers in the Emirates.
The autocratic Gulf Arab sheikhdom announced the jail sentence a day right after Washington-dependent human legal rights watchdog Democracy for the Arab Globe Now, DAWN, elevated alarm about Ghafoor’s arrest from Dubai Global Airport.
DAWN claimed that its board member, a civil legal rights attorney centered in Virginia who experienced represented Khashoggi and his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, was in transit to Istanbul on Thursday to go to a marriage ceremony when plainclothes Emirati stability brokers scooped him up and sent him to an Abu Dhabi detention facility right before he could alter planes.
Ghafoor had no understanding of any situation in opposition to him and had transited by Dubai devoid of incident significantly less than a 12 months in the past, DAWN stated.
The US Embassy in Abu Dhabi did not quickly respond to a request for remark.

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