UAE media say US businessman gets 15 years prison
May 29, Dubai: An American businessman has been sentenced to 15 years in jail by a Dubai court after convicting him on theft and fraud charges.
Abu Dhabi government-owned daily The National said Zack Shahin was sentenced Sunday at the Dubai Criminal Court over a 2007 Texas land deal. Three other Americans received similar sentences in absentia. The defendants were also fined 56 million dirhams ($15.3 million).
The U.S. Embassy had no immediate comment. Shahin's lawyers could not be reached, the daily newspaper said.
Shahin is a former head of Dubai-based property company Deyaar Development who was detained in a 2008 embezzlement probe. He staged a hunger strike in 2012, then escaped to Yemen after being granted bail but was caught and returned to Dubai.
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