Dubai appeals non-extradition to Denmark of tax fraud-accused Briton

Dubai's attorney general will appeal against a court's refusal to extradite a British national wanted over an alleged 1.7 billion euros tax fraud in Denmark, officials said on Friday.

Dubai appeals non-extradition to Denmark of tax fraud-accused Briton
Sanjay Shah poses for a photograph on the Palm Jumeriah Island in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2020. Shah was arrested in Dubai for allegedly masterminding a $1.7 billion tax scheme in Denmark. File photo: Christopher Pike/AP/Ritzau Scanpix
Hedge fund trader Sanjay Shah was arrested in Dubai in June, but the emirate’s Court of Appeal last week rejected Denmark’s extradition request.
“The Attorney General of Dubai has appealed the ruling of the Dubai Court of Appeal refusing the extradition request,” the government’s Dubai Media Office said.

The appeal by Chancellor Essam Issa Al Humaidan, Dubai’s attorney general, will be heard in the Dubai Court of Cassation, the media office said.
Shah is accused of running a scheme for three years from 2012 in which foreign firms pretended to own shares in Danish companies and claimed tax refunds.

Shah has said he is not guilty and claims he did not violate Danish law, according to domestic media in the United Arab Emirates. Danish media have reported that he claims to have used a loophole. He was arrested under a bilateral extradition treaty signed in March.
On Thursday, Danish media said Shah and others were ordered to pay eight billion krone (1.1 billion euro) to the Danish state in a civil case in Dubai.
The court did not respond to a request for confirmation.

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Denmark jails IS ‘wife’ for three years

A 35-year-old Danish woman was sentenced on Friday to three years in prison for entering Syria and promoting the Islamic State (IS) group's activities, prosecutors in Denmark said.

Denmark jails IS 'wife' for three years

During the mother of five’s trial, the prosecutor had argued that wives were a key part of IS.

“Even if you did not actively participate in the fighting, we assert that you can support the terrorist organisation by shopping in its supermarkets, by taking care of the children, by being a housewife,” prosecutor Trine Schjodt
Fogh said.

The woman, who pleaded guilty, was convicted of “having promoted the activities of IS, in particular by acting as the housewife and wife of a person who was active in the terrorist organisation,” the prosecution authority said in a statement.

She was also found guilty of having “entered and resided in al-Raqqa district in Raqqa province and Deir al-Zour province in Syria, which were defined as conflict zones during the period”.

The  woman, who is originally from the west of Denmark, arrived in Syria eight years ago, a journey she “bitterly” regrets, her lawyer Mette Gith Stage told news agency Ritzau.

“The last few years have been difficult for her, first in the caliphate, then in a prison camp and now in prison. She misses her children terribly and is eager for the case to end so that she and her children can move on,” the
lawyer said.

In October 2021, Denmark removed three women and 14 children from the Kurdish-controlled Roj camp in north-eastern Syria in a joint operation with Germany.

The three women were arrested on arrival in Denmark and have since been in detention and the trial that just ended marks the first of three.