The UAE exchanges a British arms adviser at the center of the bribery scandal for the Dubai Princess
The UAE exchanges a British arms adviser at the center of the bribery scandal over a helicopter deal for a runaway Dubai princess in a bizarre rendition deal
- Christian Michel, 57, given to India in exchange for Princess Latifa from Dubai, 33
- Michel was wanted for his alleged role in a VIP helicopter deal of £ 400 million in India
- Princess had tried to flee Dubai on the hunt, but was intercepted by Indian officials
Connor Boyd for Mailonline
The UAE swapped a British arms adviser at the center of a helicopter-corruption strike in India for a runaway Dubai princess in a bizarre rendition.
& # 39; Smooth & # 39; business supplier Christian Michel, 57, is one of the three intermediaries who are being investigated by the Central Bureau for Intelligence (CBI) for claims that they accepted bribes in 2013 to buy luxury aircraft for politicians.
He was extradited to the United Arab Emirates last month to confront the police with the deal and given to India in exchange for Princess Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, reports The Sunday Telegraph.
& # 39; Smooth & # 39; business trader Christian Michel, 57, accused of being involved in a multi-million pound bribery scandal, has been transferred to India by India
He was swapped in exchange for runaway Princess Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, who tried to escape the regime of her father in Dubai, but was taken prisoner by Indian officials
The princess had tried last year to escape Dubai in a hunt, but was intercepted by the Indian Navy. She was last seen on March 5 and was dragged by a dinghy by Indian and Emirati troops.
The 33-year-old royal prince tried to escape the regime, assuming that her and her sisters were often heavily treated and described as mentally ill.
European and Asian diplomatic sources in New Delhi told the Telegraph India swapped the princess swapped for Mr. Michel, who owns a home and business in Dubai.
Asked about the alleged rendition exchange, a member of Mr. Michel's legal team, on condition of anonymity, told The Sunday Telegraph: & # 39; That there was an exchange offer, is also my appointment.
The arms adviser was sought in India for his share in the £ 400 million purchase of 12 helicopters for Indian politicians during the Congress-led government of the United Progressive Alliance.
His personal books revealed that he paid £ 5, 5 million to Indian Air Force officers, £ 7.5 million to bureaucrats, and £ 12.5 – £ 14 million to an unidentified political family, according to CBI researchers.
But Mr. Michel claims that the CBI forced him to sign a confession.
Radha Stirling of Detained in Dubai, an NGO for criminal justice in the UAE, said that India and Dubai had shown blatant contempt for standard standards for diplomatic relations & # 39;
The father of Princess Latifa, Sheikh Mohammad Al Maktoum, is the ruler of Dubai and the Maktoum family.
According to campaigners, after attempting to flee with the help of French ex-spy Hervé Jaubert and his old friend Tiina Jauhiainen, Latifa was chased from a hunt.
The princess (left) escaped with Ms. Jauhiainen (right) and planned to start a new life in America, but three weeks after her escape offer, their chase was surrounded by Indian troops
She changed her clothes and sunglasses, and together with Mrs. Jauhiainen she crossed Oman.
Then they went up the international waters with an inflatable boat and jet ski to meet Mr. Jaubert in a yacht under the American flag.
They left for India, where Latifa hoped to get political asylum in the US, but were stopped by armed men just 50 kilometers from the coast.
Her condition was the subject of a BBC documentary on December 6, Escape From Dubai: The Mystery Of The Missing Princess.