US businessman jailed in Dubai appears in court

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Associated Press

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 5:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 6 at 5:02 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An American lawyer says a U.S. businessman accused of financial crimes in Dubai has appeared in court after being caught fleeing the country, but it is not clear how he will be defended.

Attorney James Jatras says he spoke briefly to defendant Zack Shahin at the Thursday court hearing, describing him as looking tired. Jatras is not certified to defend Shahin in Dubai. He said that Shahin's local attorney did not show up and it is unclear if he is still representing Shahin.

The Emirati lawyer could not be reached for comment.

Shahin was held four years without trial, which sparked a rare public dispute between Washington and the UAE. He denies any wrongdoing.

Shahin was released on bail in July. He then fled to Yemen, and was again detained.

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