Sunday June 05, 2022
UAE seeks to scupper organised crime totally
Abdullah Bin Sultan Bin Awad Al Nuaimi
In response to the arrest of Sanjay Shah, a suspect in a $1.7 billion dividend tax fraud case in Denmark, Abdullah Bin Sultan Bin Awad Al Nuaimi, Minister of Justice said:
“International crime requires an international response. The arrest of Sanjay Shah, following receipt of an international arrest warrant from the Danish authorities, sends a clear signal of the UAE’s intent to work in close collaboration with international partners in pursuit of international crime.
“For the past two years UAE authorities have worked closely with their Danish counterparts to compile a strong body of evidence in this case. There have been 25 legal assistance requests between the UAE and Denmark that have been executed on this particular issue.
“The UAE’s commitment to collaboration is also symbolised in the general extradition treaty signed with Denmark in March 2022. This is one of 37 treaties put in place in recent years and the UAE intends to sign more.
“Through the robust, collaborative structure of partnership, the UAE is determined to disrupt organised crime in all its forms to protect the UAE and uphold the integrity of the international financial system,” according to WAM.
An earlier report said the Dubai Police have arrested Sanjay Shah, a suspect in a DKK 12 billion ($1.7 billion) dividend-tax fraud case in Denmark, with the aim of subsequent extradition for prosecution in Denmark.
The arrest follows close cooperation between Danish and Emirati authorities per a recently signed bilateral extradition treaty in March 2022, establishing a foundation for extraditing individuals suspected of committing crimes on Danish soil to Denmark for prosecution.
Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, reaffirmed that Dubai Police, per the directives and instructions of our wise leadership, have always been keen on maintaining strong, active, and vital communication channels with the world’s police and justice agencies to tackle transnational organised crime including financial crimes and fraud.
Lt. Gen. Al Marri also praised the tremendous efforts made by the force’s team from the General Department of Criminal Investigations, who located, tracked, and arrested the suspect in coordination with the Dubai Public Prosecution.
Expert Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, explained that through the exchange of information with the Danish authorities on the 52-year old British national Sanjay Shah, a task force of elite officers and members from the Wanted Persons Department and the Anti-Money Laundering Department investigated, gathered evidence, and tracked the suspect’s movements and whereabouts.