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French woman stranded in the Emirates files charges in Paris

media A view of the old residential area of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Basil D Soufi/Wikimedia Commons

A French woman stranded in Dubai because of a trade dispute lodged a complaint in Paris against her former associates, the members of a ruling family in the Emirates.

Virginie Gaffié who has been unable to leave the United Arab Emirates since June 2013 where she has been living with her family for several years lodged a complaint early December, her lawyer Sophie Liotard told AFP.

The 50 year-old company manager had her passport confiscated in the summer 2013 following a questioning by the police because of a trade conflict with her partners at the time.

“We are asking for an acceleration of the procedure in Dubai and the restitution of her passport. We are also asking Dubai’s emir, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to take care of this case which has been going on for too long,” her lawyer told AFP.

At stake is a dispute with her former associates, members of the family ruling on the Sharjah emirate, who are accusing her of embezzlement within their joint company, a business making furniture.

In her complaint, the woman argues on the contrary that she was the victim of blackmail and that her partners required her to buy their shares of the company at an exorbitant price.

Since then she was discharged twice by courts in Dubai. But at the beginning of the month the supreme court reversed its decision for matters of procedure, Liotard explained.

Gaffié has filed a complaint for slander, attempts of blackmail and extortion.
 

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