Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Statement from Government of Ras Al Khaimah in Response to Statements by Khater Massaad

RAS AL KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates - Wednesday, October 12th 2016 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The following is a statement from Government of Ras Al Khaimah in response to statements by Khater Massaad:

We are aware of the statement put out by Khater Massaad regarding his detention in Saudi Arabia under a GCC Warrant. It is important that a number of points he makes are clarified.

It is not true that Massaad had no notice of the allegations put to him. On numerous occasions, representatives of the government of Ras Al Khaimah have met with him and his lawyers to discuss the allegations and set out the findings of a wide range of investigations into his conduct as a senior civil servant in charge of RAK public funds, investments and other assets. In these meeting, and at all times, he and his lawyers rejected the opportunity to review the matters raised or present his case. With regards to the criminal case held in his absence in Ras Al Khaimah, full due process was followed including the publication of the claims in a national paper, which Massaad acknowledged by contacting the government and raising an objection to it.

It is clear that any assertion that Massaad had no knowledge of the existence of the allegations or the case against him is disingenuous and false.

Massaad claims to be a Swiss national but he also holds at least 3 other passports including Lebanese, Georgian and Kyrgyzstan. He operates under a series of passports of convenience, as he is doing now.

It is a fact that there are ongoing criminal investigations into the conduct of Massaad and his associates in a number of jurisdictions including India, Switzerland and Georgia as places where the malfeasance occurred for which he faces criminal charges.

Any suggestion that the judiciary in the United Arab Emirates or the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is not independent is strongly rejected.


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