Belgian businessman, allowed to return home after two years, still stuck in Dubai

Johan Daumerie, the Belgian businessman who was detained in Dubai for almost two years after a breach of trust with a local business partner, did not take off on Friday on a flight that would have brought him home.

The 50-year-old man from Dilbeek, a municipality just outside Brussels, was due to take an Emirates plane to Brussels Airport at 2.20 pm. He was due to land there at 7.20 pm, but Daumerie says he was not allowed to leave the Emirates after all.

Daumerie was banned from leaving the country last year after his relationship with his local business partner, a prominent family in the emirate, broke down. After a long legal battle, he was acquitted by a local court in May.

On Friday, he wanted to fly home, but at the border control there appeared to be problems with his papers. Daumerie claims it was an administrative error and hopes to have the matter resolved next week.

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Flemish businessman Johan Daumerie allowed to leave Dubai after two years
Johan Daumerie, the 49-year-old Belgian businessman from the Flemish town of Dilbeek (Flemish Brabant province) who got stuck in Dubai after a breach of trust with a local business partner in 2020, can finally leave the country. The man booked a flight to land at Brussels Airport early Friday evening. Daumerie, who always maintained his innocence, has been detained in the emirate for almost two years but was acquitted by a local court in May.


AFP PHOTO KARIM SAHIB - Travellers wait at Dubai International Airport on February 21, 2022.

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