x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Emirates extradites fugitives

Three fugitives from justice who sought refuge in the UAE have been extradited.

ABU DHABI // Three fugitives from justice who sought refuge in the UAE have been extradited. Lt Col Salem al Khayyal, head of the Interpol section at the Ministry of Interior, said: "The UAE has apprehended a number of runaway criminals that sneaked into the country, and handed them over for trial to the states where they have committed their crimes." Mr al Khayyal said three people had been extradited from the UAE to Mauritania, Kuwait and France. Oman had agreed to send two people of Asian descent to the UAE on theft charges, the state news agency, WAM, reported.

The suspect sent to Kuwait, of Asian nationality, escaped from prison, where he was serving a sentence for selling drugs. He was apprehended in Dubai. The Mauritanian was wanted on perjury charges, and the suspect extradited to France from Abu Dhabi was charged with breach of trust. The extraditions were a sign of the growing relationship between Interpol and UAE security services. In September, three alleged criminals were extradited to Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Egypt over fraud and drug dealing charges, while two were extradited from Qatar and Oman to the UAE on suspicion of fraud and financial crimes.

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