Dubai, Jul 17: The United Arab Emirates has sentenced an American citizen and the former lawyer of Jamal Khashoggi the dissident Saudi journalist who was killed at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul in 2018 to three years in prison on charges of money laundering and tax evasion.
The lawyer, US citizen Asim Ghafoor, was also ordered to pay a fine of USD 816,748 stemming from his in absentia conviction, the UAE's state-run WAM news agency reported late on Saturday, adding that he would be deported after completing his sentence.
Ghafoor's lawyer dismissed the charges as absolutely not accurate at all.
I'm just hoping for a fair trial. I hope there's no political motivation here, his US-based lawyer Faisal Gill said. He had never heard anything about these charges and all of a sudden he's put in jail.
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 help with an investigation into Ghafoor's alleged tax evasion and suspicious money transfers in the Emirates.
Gill cast doubt on that claim, saying, "If the US had anything against him, why wouldn't they just deal with it in the US?"
The autocratic Gulf Arab sheikhdom announced the prison sentence a day after Washington-based human rights watchdog Democracy for the Arab World Now, DAWN, raised alarm about its board member's arrest from Dubai International Airport.
DAWN said that Ghafoor, a close friend of Khashoggi who previously represented him and his fiance, Hatice Cengiz, was in transit to Istanbul on Thursday to attend a wedding when plainclothes Emirati security agents scooped him up and sent him to an Abu Dhabi detention facility before he could change planes.
The US Embassy in Abu Dhabi did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Chandigarh, Sep 29: With cases of dog attacks reported from "many places", the Panchkula Municipal Corporation has banned the "ferocious" pitbull and rottweiler breeds of dogs as pets within the city limits, officials said on Thursday.
A decision to this effect was taken during a meeting of the MC House on Thursday, Mayor Kulbushan Goyal told reporters in Panchkula.
He said there were 24 agenda points before the meeting and all were passed by the House.
"As far as the issue pertaining to dogs was concerned, those pet owners who do not get their dogs registered will be fined Rs 2,000. Besides, two ferocious dog breeds have been banned in the city. Pitbull and rottweiler breeds have also been banned in many other cities and in Panchkula too they have been banned," the Mayor said.
He said there have been cases of dog attacks especially by these dog breeds at many places, and that people were bothered about this.