x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Lawyer accused of taking Dh80,000 from his law firm

But his attorney says the money was owed to him as his share of the firm's business.

DUBAI // An Indian lawyer stole Dh80,200 from the law firm where he worked, a court was told this morning.

SJ, 30, denied the charges before Judge Hamad Abdul Latif at the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance. His defence lawyer told the court the case was baseless and the money represented his client's share of business as a partner.

He said the case was filed after his client asked to be released from the partnership.

SS, 40, the defendant's Emirati partner, testified that SJ was one of many employees at his firm and had been hired for a Dh10,000 monthly salary in addition to commission.

"On March 3, SJ issued a bill to one of the Emirati clients and sent it to him, upon which the client transferred the money to SJ's bank account," SS said.

The law firm's secretary KT, 33, testified that she was the only one who issued bills and receipts to clients.

"On the day of the incident, SJ issued a bill for Dh80,200 under his name, which did not mention the law firm," KT said.

The next hearing will be on November 3.

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