Brit Can't Force Bank To Get Him Out Of Dubai Debtors' Prison

By Silvia Martelli (July 22, 2022, 2:58 PM BST) -- A London court refused on Friday to order a bank to help secure the release of a "destitute" British businessman incarcerated in a Dubai debtors' prison, finding that a Middle Eastern lender had not waived his $431 million debt.

Lionel Persey QC, sitting as a High Court judge, declined to order Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC to help ensure the release of Charles Ridley after more than a decade in prison. He has been confined there since being convicted for bribery and illegally obtaining a bank loan in 2011.

The developer had been due for release in 2016. But the bank successfully had...

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