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29 December, 2005

Pieces of eight

An executive in the leisure boat business explains how to spot a money-launderer in the UAE:

"When your customer's 'accountant' turns up to pay for a new boat with a patch over his eye, a Russian accent and brown-paper envelopes stuffed with cash, you know something's up."

Presumably with a parrot on one shoulder, a hook for an arm and a wooden leg. Arrrr.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The boat industry should talk to Dubai's off-plan property developers and real estate agents: they really know what the money launderers look like.

29 December, 2005 09:48  
Blogger Blogger said...

Presumably with a parrot on one shoulder, a hook for an arm and a wooden leg. Arrrr.


29 December, 2005 11:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I thought that's how you spot a pimp :)

29 December, 2005 13:44  
Blogger Balushi said...

you guys are really living in Lalaland!

why is 1 and 2 dirhams shop selling 3dirhams worth stuff?

Get it?

29 December, 2005 14:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

29 December, 2005 14:12  
Blogger Slagothor said...

While the excerpt you quote is humorous - who doesn't get a laugh out of old pirate imagery- the whole "money-laundering" aspect to the article is secondary to the fact that the British Government is moaning about lost tax revenue.

The Brits just want to turn the UAE into a quasi-EU society, where you have to get the prior approval of several governmental agencies to take a crap, and have to pay mightily for the privelige. I prefer a society without taxes and without "your friendly government" tracking (and taxing) every last penny that changes hands.


29 December, 2005 15:26  
Blogger luckyfatima said...

heh heh heh, u crack me up!!!

29 December, 2005 15:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, wanna get an idea of the money laundry in this City? Go to any mall on Friday, and spot any shop who's not doing business. Some of them have been open for years, to no avail. To no legal avail.

29 December, 2005 19:00  

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