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UAE court rejects extradition of accused in Danish tax fraud case

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Danish authorities had requested the extradition of Sanjay Shah, who was arrested in Dubai in June.

A United Arab Emirates judge on Monday rejected the extradition of Briton Sanjay Shah, the main suspect in the Danish dividend tax fraud case, to Denmark, a lawyer representing Shah said.

Danish authorities had requested the extradition of Shah, who was arrested in Dubai in June, to stand trial for his alleged involvement in a fraudulent trade scheme to collect double taxes, which is known as ” called “com-x” trading.

He is suspected of running a scheme that involved submitting requests from investors and companies around the world to the Danish Treasury for dividend tax refunds worth more than 9 billion Danish kroner ($1.23 billion).

Reuters news agency was not immediately able to reach Shah’s spokesman for comment. He has previously denied any wrongdoing.

“I understand that today’s decision in the extradition case is not final and that the prosecution in the UAE has the opportunity to appeal the decision,” Danish Justice Minister Mattias Tesfai told Reuters.

“I hope that the Emirati prosecutor’s office will take advantage of this opportunity,” Tesfaye said, adding that the Danish authorities would open discussions with the Emirati prosecution authority.

It was not immediately clear why the extradition was rejected, but Danish broadcaster TV2 reported, citing court documents, that Danish authorities had not submitted all the necessary documents.

“We are now investigating what is behind the rejection and what mistakes were made, which should be corrected if necessary,” Tesfaye said.

Shah’s lawyer, Ali Al-Zarouni, told Reuters that the public prosecution could appeal the decision within 30 days.

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There was no immediate comment from UAE officials.

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