x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Lawyer walks into court with a trolley full of documents

She told court the trolley load would prove her client did indeed pay his workers and should not be fined Dh5 million.

ABU DHABI // The lawyer of a man fined Dh5 million for not paying the wages of his 681 employees for nine months walked into the Appeals Court yesterday with a trolley full of thousands of documents she said would exonerate her client.

A, an Emirati in charge of the unnamed company, had been ordered to pay the fine in addition to the salaries.

"My client paid the salaries already, and these documents prove it," said his lawyer as one of her assistants pushed the trolley containing nine giant folders.

The judge laughed and asked her how the folders proved his innocence.

"The first instance court refused to accept them, but if the court will agree to look at them they will prove he did pay," she said,

The judge adjourned the case until October 11 to appoint an expert to look into the documents. He also ordered the man to pay the expert Dh5,000 for doing so.

hdajani@thenational.ae