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20 February 2010 :: 13:02:17 pm 13668

Thailand Will Extradite Fugitive British National to the UAE

British national, Mr. Michael Brian Smith [45], will be extradited from Thailand to face various fraud charges levelled against him in the United Arab Emirates, a Thai court ruled on Thursday.
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Bangkok, the 18th of February 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Thailand’s criminal court on Thursday ruled that fugitive British national, Mr. Smith, will be extradited to the United Arab Emirates following a request made by UAE authorities.

Mr. Smith, the former Resource Manager of a Dubai-based company, is alleged to have falsified various official company documents allowing him to filter an amount totalling more than US$150 million into his personal bank account in 2008. He has been charged in the UAE with; falsifying document and using false documents for unauthorised transfers of corporate monies.     

Although the UAE does not have an official extradition treaty with the Kingdom of Thailand an agreement is believed to have been reached whereby any Thai citizen arrested in the UAE on similar charges will immediately be extradited. The charges pending against Mr. Smith are only considered to be a common offence in the eyes of the Thai legal system.

Mr. Smith has continued to plead his innocence, stating that he had quit the company as a result of a dispute with the executives. He has subsequently filed objection against the extradition, citing fears that he will be given an unfair trial in the UAE. Mr. Smiths Thai lawyer has stated that an appeal will be lodged immediately.
Thailand’s criminal court has ruled Mr. Smith be remanded in detention for 30-days pending the extradition appeal, however; he will be free to go uncharged if he is not extradited within 90-days in accordance with Thai law.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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