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31 October, 2007

Funny money

Tips and icebergs:

"Younis Al Mua'alem, Head of the Money Laundering and Crime Department at the CID department for combating organised crimes said the case went back to last year, as the network was using the UAE as a location for its operations, which were confined to a group of companies in the country and abroad to launder money related to organised crime, such as arms dealing, VAT crime and fraud.

"Al Mua'alem said CID revealed the network was operating worldwide from New Zealand to Argentina. It used bank accounts in the country and elsewhere to pass dirty money from drug dealers to buyers and then transferred the money to various accounts around the world.

"He said the network's activity included money laundering from heroin dealing in the Middle East and Iran and cocaine deals in South and Latin America and Europe, some Dh2.4 billion of money laundered related solely to illegal drugs. The network's entire capital was Dh18 billion."


In other news, four years in Al Slammer if one small dry leaf accidentally gets stuck on your dishdash. Given the amount of unpunished whoring, boozing and drugging that goes on among Gulf ruling classes, the sentence is an utter obscenity.

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40 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dubai rules are a major deviation from accepted norms . Here, small fry gets punished, gets fried, while big fry goes on breaking the law with impunity. Corruption is absolute, at the absolute top. And to create the illusion of policing, they screw lots of inconsequential people.Why should anyone complain, nobody said this is a democracy, if you wanted it any other way you should have stayed home

Of course, this one is one more page in the chapter of DUBAI SCARES.

31 October, 2007 19:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree totally here, the rulers in the Gulf are no role models. They are the biggest drinkers, gamblers, whorers, and theives this side of the solar system. I included our beloved maktoum in this honourable list. He probably scores one of the highest in this list.

The hypocracy is mind bogling, but what can one do apart from laugh about it. Its the way it is, and not many people seem to be complaining about it. Its sick to the core though.

Infact its well known that the Royalty's Private jets are stocked with all manners of alcohol, and believe me if I say this. Nothing in the baggage gets checked, he could be smuggling dead bodies and no one will have a clue.

Thats why most of these rulers are really messed up, they have no sense of proportion cause there is no one to tell them anything. Just hypocritical thieving; pure and simple.

31 October, 2007 21:22  
Anonymous Kyle said...

Given the amount of unpunished whoring, boozing and drugging that goes on among Gulf ruling classes, the sentence is an utter obscenity.

You don’t say?

Are you sure?

Get outta here!

Such kinds of things don’t happen here. Had they occurred here, we’d be hearing about them in Utopia News or Utopia Times in light of the recent Freedom of Press Act.

31 October, 2007 21:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In todays Gulf news there is an article of a person being sentenced for four years for having some qat on him.

here is the link, I hope it all copies. If not can someone advise on how to attach links and I will do it. I think it is relevant to the topic and so SD might do it herself.

http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Police_and_The_Courts/10163926.html

The hypocracy is just too ridiculous. Four fucking years, Four motherfucking years for a drug that is not even illegal in most of the world including Europe. Fucking hell, I am pissed off and I just feel like swearing.

This fucking place needs a revolution.

31 October, 2007 22:03  
Anonymous SevenSummits said...

I feel so sorry for this Saudi kid :-((( -

How unlucky can someone be, to be born into a family that obviously doesn’t have the sufficient petty cash to bribe these f**** b***** into reason.

01 November, 2007 00:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of drinkers, gamblers, whores and having enough money to bribe your way out of trouble. Seems like 13 000 euros isn't quite enough, not if your brother's the sheikh (of Abu Dhabi).

A less juicy version of the story is also in the Guardian.

01 November, 2007 08:17  
Blogger صلعم said...

The funny thing is that even if you did drugs outside of the country and they knew about it, then once you arrive at the airport they arrest you and you will end up with the usual 4 years behind bars.

Even funnier than that, the police departments of different emirates have undercover cops in places known for drugs and these guys will report the names of people they see use drugs there; mostly locals of course! So you non-locals have nothing to complain about; compared to us of course. Don't get me wrong, I do not use drugs myself but I do drink which is another crime punished by 80 lashes according to the rule of Casper who is sitting behind the clouds!

Cheers! especially to my Paki muslim fanatics on this blog, and yes also to the filipini catholics who drink the blood and eat the flesh every weekend ha ha!

01 November, 2007 08:44  
Blogger Karan Vaswani said...

Have you read the Alexandre Robert story in the NYT/IHT? He was a 15 year old French boy who was raped by three nationals in July, one of whom was an HIV carrier. The police threatened to charge him with criminal homosexual activity, so he fled to Switzerland, and is too afraid to return to Dubai even to testify against the rapists. It's led to a bit of a diplomatic incident, and his mother has started a "Boycott Dubai" movement to try and press for much needed reforms of the local criminal code. Story's here: http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/10/31/africa/dubai.php. Although I wonder if the page is accessible in DXB? Dubai's come a long way in so many respects since I lived there in the 80s (before heading back to India, and then to the U.S.) -- if only they could make some progress on the legal system, set up a top notch university or two and arrange a path to full citizenship rights for expatriates, it would probably be a phenomenal place to live. But for all the material advantages Dubai had (even then) over 1980s Bombay, ultimately it was really a relief to go back home precisely because of the personal freedom issue. All the money in the world can't make you feel safe when you can't trust local law enforcement or the courts to play fair should you (heaven forbid!) find yourself in a sticky situation. There's no substitute for the sense of personal security you get from living in a free country with an equitable legal system, guaranteed civil rights and a truly free press...

01 November, 2007 09:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The french boy's rape in Dubai is front page in International herald tribune, today. These things happen in many countries, but what is amazing is how the Dubai PR and power kicks in everytime this happens. They as a mafia intimidate, threaten , buy-out, or exterminate any such threats. Every one of you working there knows these happen, but are very happy to count the cash and hide your head hoping your day in Dubai court will never come. For some it will, and no one will stand by you, the same way all of you only sing praises of Dubai today. Where is Al rep and
imagination and all the other assorted dishdashes who crib about SD being a western agenda bitch, and losers hanging on to this site. Why dont you sing some eternal praises for the wise wisdom of legally, officially terrorising a raped 15 year old. Oh, and all this because he is white, and european. An indian, pak or philippino could sky dive , be raped in air, and fall to death and still be prosecuted for enticing a dishdash .

01 November, 2007 12:10  
Blogger nick said...

Karan, thanks for linking this story. Will keep an eye on the case here:

boycottdubai

01 November, 2007 12:29  
Blogger ammaro.com said...

are you actually suprised? if you do something illegal on such a great level and get caught, then you're a genius (especially if some of the 'big people' get a cut, or something out of it). if you do something illegal on a tiny level, and get caught, youre a criminal.

01 November, 2007 14:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sal'am (the guy with arabic writing on his name)

The discussion has been conducted reasonably so far. Do you mind please not to drag it to your scummy level. You can easily make you point without making racist remarks fi dahya ya murtad. Dont lie you are an emarati either. I know you aint.

01 November, 2007 14:39  
Anonymous NOLa Reporter said...

Why worry about a little human trafficing when there are salacious bumper stickers to eradicate?

The asdly amusing thing about the qat leaf is that the pharmacological effects of the drug are not present when the leaf is dry. You need the moist leaf for full effect.

01 November, 2007 15:24  
Blogger صلعم said...

1439
I don't know whats your problem. I think you were in my blog once and had a similar comment about me not being emarati, I guess you are one but a typical one it seems huh?

are you ashamed or maybe shocked by finding non-fanatic and educated locals who see beyond their noses and actually know something in life other than the usual local things 'fast car, shisha, girls whom you want to get them in bed but you will not marry them because you want to have your virgin'
as far as racism goes, I am not racists. It is a known fact that most pakis are muslim extremints and now they are paying for it, where else did taliban and its sister movements originate from?
also filipinis do eath the flesh and drink the blood every weekend, so what! I do the same, but not in a religous way. And for my last comment about that filipini guy being gay, I seriously have yet to see a straight filipini guy! maybe they do exist, but not in the UAE as far as I can see.

01 November, 2007 15:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sal'am I'm sorry but you are just a moron. My apologies for engaging you in conversation. You are definately beyond help.

I just hope nobody else takes your bait, as before we know it we will all be swimming in shit.

01 November, 2007 16:28  
Blogger صلعم said...

Oh yea, I forgot one more thing for the emarati boy (homie).

I think you need to mature first before you drag yourself into a conversation like a moth getting attracted to the fire

Let us start by not trying to speak with a black American accent ... cuz u ain't no black American homie! and yes, 2-pack is dead damn it!

Second, let us try to clean your vocabulary from all words that start with an 's' or an 'f' or an 'n' or a 'b' that you have learned by listening to too much rap.

after that, I can work on your other issues starting from 'manners for dummies'.

01 November, 2007 17:12  
Anonymous SevenSummits said...

… legal system remains a perilous gantlet when it comes to … legal protection of foreigners.

Dear Karan Vaswani,
Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts with us.

“All the money in the world can't make you feel safe when you can't trust local law enforcement or the courts to play fair should you (heaven forbid!) find yourself in a sticky situation.

Your statement is so correct and unfortunately most of what is happing in the UAE is still undisclosed. There is currently also a movement based in Germany, that is trying to mobilze EU and other Western citizens that have become victims of the UAE legal system (or better the absence of) to take appropriate actions against those HR violations they have endured.

It can simply not be that someone happens to have the wrong medication in their luggage while traveling to the UAE and ends up in a dirty jail. Alone in 2006 three German women!!! were humilated (even sexually assaulted) and deprived of all there rights (including the phone call to their embassy) in Dubai. All were forced to sign documents in Arabic without a lawyer present. Apparently there have been similar incidents with Danish, Dutch and Italian citizens, but only the organization knows those details. (to protect those victims)

If anyone knows of any other similar cases, please send me an email sevensummitsuae@yahoo.com and I will link you up with them.

On their agenda is for instance the following:
To suggest a legal proposal that will oblige EU tourist operators to hand out a leaflet to inform people about what is legal in the UAE and what is not (for instance a list of medications that is prohibited in the UAE); to write an open letter to Angela Merkel (among others) about the current situation in the UAE and why this is still being tolerated for purely “economical” interests; same issue but in more delicate way with the US Department of State; keeping HRW, AI and Reporters Without Borders well informed about all those incidents and finally to raise the necessary mass media attention.

If those that have the freedom to take action can achieve some progress, it will also indirectly protect all those vulnerable victims from deprived economies. We are all aware that they are being much more affected, than those of us that are highly privileged!

01 November, 2007 19:07  
Anonymous Who Cares? said...

Well, all of this isn't just one of their problems, because you guys should read this too...

French Raped, takes on Dubai!

Secret Dubai, was looking around if you've any contact section so that I could mail ya this...anyhow just posted it here!

02 November, 2007 01:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So anyone got the balls to speak out loud and get the 3 sickos prosectued ?

Or will we all just state our opinions and head back to work the next day as if nothing happened ?

02 November, 2007 08:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A sample of Wahabi in the evening when his lecture classes are over

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2BLw6UhG_Y

02 November, 2007 08:26  
Anonymous unJane said...

Thanks for the link to boycottdubai and the tragic story of young Alexandre. I hope that this will be an area that HH Sheikh Mo decides to grace with his desire to be #1. I thank the Robert family for their courage and wish them well.

02 November, 2007 11:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, these 3 local guys are being procecuted.

02 November, 2007 15:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well you cant have a system of law where others are above the law. Say e.g the gay brother of nahyan who is in trouble in switzerland for assaulting someone who rejected his gay advances in Sswitzerland.

Suppose this idiot prince is the one who assaulted him. Do you think anything would have been done?

You see since you have this system, others are bound to abuse it as well. I bet you anything of any of these thugs is connected, then zip will happen. Nada. The others will cary the can.

I know of a man who used to dabble in drugs with one of the princely children. This guy was caught, put in prison for a year and then got deported. Would you like to know what happened to the prince? Yup you guessed right.

02 November, 2007 15:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heres's the latest on the swiss case
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,2202437,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=12

nor yet blocked.....

02 November, 2007 23:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a side, at least this is now getting more attention also (recent SD posts refer)http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/markets/the_gulf/article2796513.ece

03 November, 2007 07:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

صلعم---> gay person masquerading as a local emirati

03 November, 2007 11:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he was raped, why did the doc not find any signs of ( ugh..i feel sick writing this ) forced penetration? Or is the doc part of the Dubai conspiracy? Mmm?

XK

03 November, 2007 14:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you all ready to get your labour cards examined ? because this week will be one hell of a week for getting shipped back to home sweet home.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

04 November, 2007 08:12  
Anonymous Anon E. mouse said...

...and now he goes anonymous...hehe...hehe...

04 November, 2007 10:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Police_and_The_Courts/10164985.html

and why not? For sure an unemployed Emirati with no influence gets nine years for attempted murder. I only wish that justice be served to the little French boy and the 3 people charged get a life term.

04 November, 2007 20:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Secret ! We looking for SHAHEEN tell that lil terrorist bitch to take it easy.We're the 'niggas' who she hates while her White Gods are reigning bombs on you and raping, murduring and killing your people , you people aint got no heart, you scared to face the real enemy.if She dont stop talking we gon send some 'niggas' over there.

05 November, 2007 01:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anonymous above,

So you believe that your people don't do any bad?

Who is killing the innocents in Iraq? Not the U.S, its your evil suicide bombers.

You accuse the west of violence, but you give SD violent threats.

You and your cult are the evil imperialists here - not the west. your evil ideology tells to rule the world, kill non-believers and oppress women. Scum.

And finally, if you hate the west so much, why are you talking like on of those western "niggas'

You pathetic piece of crap.

05 November, 2007 05:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well as usual, it didnt take long for things to go downhill. I am still waiting for SD to sensor these idiots (see above) like she censored some other people. We are waiting SD. So you gonna say anything?

05 November, 2007 15:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

obviously people around here, like the one above have not heard of freedom of speech. and being able to take criticism, even rubbish in your stride. It is someone's point of view, and if you dont like it, you dont need to read it, and it does not harm you in any way. You can even respond to it with more rubbish.

you guys all need to grow up, secret dubai is not your school teacher to guide you. and grow up and be able to take criticism. you cant send suicide bombers against points of view, can you? only the highly insecure gets pissed off and is willing to kill for your point of view anf faith. If you are really sure your faith is right, and point of view is right, why get so worried when someone says some rubbish?

05 November, 2007 19:23  
Blogger al-republican said...

Sal3am-

Just so that you know, your "paki fanatics" are alive and kicking. I for one have given up on the balderdash that goes around here in the comments section.

With all those predators who rape young boys roaming around freely, I am surprised a self-professed gay such as yourself is holding OK?

May you run into one sometime soon. I have a feeling you won't regret it either? I won't hold my breath :)

Cheers!

06 November, 2007 12:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al republican. This Sal'am dude is just a kid masquarading, dont take his bait.

I am glad you have realised that it is pointless to engage with fools here. You will get no where. Best leave this place for the looser fools in Dubai. Let them come here and pat each other at the back.

To Anon at 05 November, 2007 19:23..

If you believe in freedom of speech, you also believe in freedom of movement. So maybe like you could leave here as well, hahaha.

06 November, 2007 15:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude above, what in the hell makes you think I am still in your fkin shithole called dubai?...:-)

you are stuck with your country, not me you idiot . only those who are stuck there are the ones who justify anything that goes on there

06 November, 2007 19:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

duddete above...
Please dont come back. I hope you remembered to switch the lights off when you left.

Could you please convince a few others to join you, pretty please.

06 November, 2007 21:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bystander said...
Off the topic, but have you noticed that all articles regarding the Labour strike at Burj Dubai can't be found on the net now? Arabian Business.com had a headline in yesterday's edition saying "Burj Dubai strike enters 6 th day", but now that article can't be found through that link... I did a search on Gulf News and could find nothing on the strike....

07 November, 2007 07:30  
Anonymous 1111 said...

Just droppin by and clarifying few things. Im Filipino and im straight. So if that guy who said that he has yet to see a Filipino straight guy, maybe if he stops staring at the asses of those Filipino boys he wishes he could munch on then maybe he has the time to look around and see that there are tons of professional decent Filipino guys thriving here and contributing to Dubai economy.And yes we do eat pork and we do eat blood. It tastes amazing and we believe that what goes out of the mouth ( like his comments) are way way more filthy than what is eaten.

Grow up man!!

06 February, 2008 11:01  

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