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September 4, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lionel Lombard v. Emaar Properties et al. United States District Court for the Eastern District of California Case No. 2:10−CV−01740−MCE−GGH Lionel Lombard, a former partner in a public relations firm based in the Dubai International Financial Centre sued Emaar Properties and its Chairman Mohamed Alabbar for violation of his human rights and torture suffered while in jail in Dubai and Abu Dhabi 2008-2010. Emaar is partially owned by the Al Maktoum royal family of Dubai through its sovereign wealth fund, Investment Corporation of Dubai. Lombard criticized Alabbar and Emaar’s policies towards its workers and the racial discrimination practiced by Emaar’s security force, Emrill and as a result was arrested, jailed, and tortured in retaliation for his personal stance. Both Emaar and the Dubai Central Jail have denied the allegations in public statements to the press and have questioned Lombard’s veracity. The US State Department has withheld and classified Lombard’s consular file and has not yet fulfilled a Freedom of Information Act request made in March 2010 to declassify the numerous documents involved. The US State Department Citizens Services desk for the United Arab Emirates in response to pleas from this office and the office of US Senator Mary Landrieu has released a small number of documents. These confirm Lombard’s lengthy imprisonment on civil charges stemming from his dispute with Emaar and Lombard’s allegations of torture and maltreatment. The United States Consulate in Dubai has come under fire in the past for its lackluster performance in regards to US citizen cases and its failure to protest the abusive and corrupt judicial system in the United Arab Emirates which permits indefinite incarcerations of non citizens upon unsubstantiated allegations of civil debts. All charges against Lombard were dropped in February 2010 allowing him to leave Dubai.