To whom it may concern, I lent money to a Tunisian man living in Dubai, R1,250 million, at the beginning of the year, by the end of the year, he will owe me R4 million. Not only did I lend him the money, he then proceeded to send me the most disgusting emails, threaten me, put my name all over LinkedIn, which affected my business. How do I not only have the money returned to me, but also a public apology. He says he is under the protection of the police chief in Dubai?? Kind regards, ***** *****
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Where are you based please?
Had you ever met him?
Ok - its bad news from a UK point of view
UK Judgments are not recognised in the UAE
This means you have to sue over there.
Now as an English Solicitor I can't tell you what the process or procedure is
Save that you would probably need to instruct lawyers in the UAE which you have done
If this was a UK based claim then a claim would be issued, the person could defend it and if they did not you could get Judgment and enforce
If the claim was defended it is set down for a hearing
I assume there is something similar in the UAE but I can't be sure as its not my legal system, only the UK is
So if you have engaged lawyers in the UAE you need to follow their advice, but sadly that is all I can offer you as a UK lawyer.
I am sorry if this is not the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Yes I understand.
If they were in the UK you could take it to the Police who could investigate and prosecute.
But sadly this person is abroad and he is unlikely to be extradited to the UK for sending appalling emails.
Its difficult because this person is in the UAE, your options are very limited
Can I clarify anything else for you please?
Sadly I can only advise you on UK law.
You need to instruct lawyers in the UAE to sue this man
I outlined the UK process but as a UK lawyer I don't know what the process is in UAE
I can only assume it is similar
Once you have Judgment then I assume like the UK it can be enforced, so charge on property, send in bailiffs, freeze bank account etc
Does that help?
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