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Property tycoon who bought 'Little Britain' is jailed

publication date: Aug 26, 2010
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World islandThe 11-acre miniature 'Britain' is part of a cluster of man-made islands known as 'The World' off the coast of Dubai. In 2008, Qurashi, from south London, bought the island in a man-made archipelago of sandbanks in the shape of a map of the globe.

Safi Qurashi was convicted in the United Arab Emirates of signing cheques worth more than £50m without sufficient funds and cancelling another cheque in the process of his property deals. Qurashi is appealing his sentence to the emirate’s royal ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, claiming that his convictions are the result of a miscarriage of justice.

A growing number of Britons have been caught out in Dubai by laws that hand down jail sentences for cheque fraud, which have been strictly enforced in the midst of severe difficulties for Dubai’s economy.