Melbourne man jailed for corruption in Dubai

Melbourne man jailed for corruption in Dubai

A Melbourne man who has been held in Dubai on corruption charges for four years has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, and fined $25 million. 

Matthew Joyce was charged in 2009 after a property deal in Dubai went sour, alongside his former business partner Marcus Lee.

Neither of the men have been held in custody, but have not been allowed to leave the country.

Mr Joyce has been convicted overnight and sentenced to 10 years in prison as well as a $25 million,fine while Mr Lee has been acquitted and is free to return to Australia.

Foreign MinisterBob Carr says their is little more the Federal government can do, but Mr Joyce is being provided with consular assistance.

Senator Carr says the Australian governmen made 57 submissions to the court in Dubai suring the case, including from the Governor General, and Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and says the case has dragged on for an extremely long time.

Mr Joyce is said to be extremely shocked at the severity of the sentence, considering the case had been dismissed by the Victorian Surpeme Court.

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