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                                                       One of the suspects claims to have been framed in wrongful financial transactions

                                                       Dubai: A lawyer has accused a woman who once featured on the cover of the adult                                                              magazine Playboy of trying to frame his client in a deal to allegedly set up a risque                                                              nightclub.

                                                       “The 31-year-old German woman was on the cover pages of Playboy magazines. Her                                                            work involves pornography and prostitution. When my client, a 35-year-old Pakistani man, discovered her hidden agenda to promote nudity through the nightclub, he pulled out from the agreement,” advocate Nasser Hashim told the Dubai Misdemeanour Court.

Prosecutors accused the two suspects of forging documents to swindle and embezzle nearly Dh300,000 from an Indian businessman with whom they agreed to enter into a partnership for the nightclub. Both defendants pleaded not guilty and denied the accusations when they appeared in court last week.

Advocate Hashim handed copies of Playboy cover pages allegedly featuring the German woman to the judge to substantiate his claims about her antecedents. “Prosecutors charged my client with forgery, swindling and embezzlement without any substantiated evidence or proof. When the court reads the papers of the case, it will automatically conclude that the charges against my client were fabricated. The woman and the complainant [the businessman] framed my client,” advocate Nasser  Hashem argued.

The woman’s lawyer also rejected accusations against his client and asked the court to acquit her citing “lack of corroborated evidence”.

Court records said the businessman agreed to enter into a partnership deal with the defendants that entitled him to a share of 80 per cent of the nightclub as against 10 per cent shares for each of his partners.

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