UK court rules in favour of DP World in Djibouti port corruption case

A court in London has dismissed all charges against Dubai-based businessman Abdourahman Boreh in a multimillion dollar claim brought against him by the government of Djibouti.

The claim, brought by the government of the East African country in 2012, accused Mr Boreh of corruption during his time as the country’s port and free zone authority, during which time DP World was awarded a concession to run the country’s Doraleh Container Terminal.

The concession was rescinded in July 2014 after Dubai refused a request to extradite Mr Boreh to Djibouti.

The claim against Mr Boreh was dismissed in its entirety in a judgment handed down by justice Flaux, who ordered Djibouti to pay £9.3 million on account towards the defendants’ costs of the proceedings in addition to further costs.

“We are … pleased that the English courts have rejected the allegations made against Mr Boreh, and indirectly against DP World,” the ports operator said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We look forward to continuing to contribute to Djibouti’s economy and its community, and building on our successful and proud record in this region. We will now move forward in earnest to defend our position but we hope that is not necessary as a result of today’s judgment.

“I wish to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to justice Flaux for taking the time to examine this case in such meticulous detail and to produce his judgment with such speed,” Mr Boreh said in a statement.

“I am also very pleased that the judge has found that DP World … did not do anything wrong but have instead been instrumental in the huge success of the port and free zone of Djibouti.”

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