Kuwait arrests fugitive UAE businessman

August 30, 2010

A prominent UAE businessman who fled to Kuwait after disappearing while performing Umrah in Saudi Arabia has been arrested, a local daily said.

According to Kuwait Times, the man, an owner of a major bank in the UAE, reportedly disappeared shortly after reaching Makkah. He was apparently tracked to Kuwait by Emirati police who followed the record of his credit card use to locate him.

Shortly after receiving a report about the incident from their counterparts in the UAE, Kuwaiti police began searching for the distressed man, who was apparently preparing to catch a flight at Kuwait International Airport. He was handed over to the UAE’s Embassy in Kuwait.

Reports suggest that the man is a high-functioning schizophrenic.

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness characterized by the disintegration of the thought processes and of emotional responsiveness that can generally be controlled with the appropriate medication, according to a medical insider with knowledge of the subject.

The most common symptoms of the disorder include auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, disorganized speech and thinking, and significant social or occupational dysfunction.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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