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Dubai court decision

May 21, 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr yesterday, May 20, said Mr Matthew Joyce would continue to receive full consular support following the guilty verdict in the Dubai court yesterday and throughout his pending appeal.

It is understood Mr Joyce will appeal the Dubai court’s decision.

Senator Carr said he had spoken to the UAE Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah at the Doha Forum in Qatar after the judgement. Senator Carr had drawn attention to the length of time involved in the case and expressed the desire that appeals be dealt with expeditiously, given the matter commenced more than four years ago.

The case concerns allegations relating to a property transaction in Dubai involving a Nakheel Group subsidiary Dubai Waterfront.

The Australian Government has made more than 40 representations to senior government officials in Dubai and the government of the UAE on behalf of Mr Joyce and others involved in the court proceedings.


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