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Indian family man & lawyer Johnson George, breaks down in court after being denied bail in RAK f

When Johnson George was denied bail again at a recent hearing, the 48 year-old lawyer broke down in the Ras Al Khaimah courtroom, tears streaming down his face as guards led him back to a holding cell. He has been in detention since January 2018 for a crime allegedly committed by his former employer over ten years ago.

Back in 2002, Johnson joined the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority as legal manager; he oversaw the drafting of contracts and agreements with their investors under the direction of the RAKFTZA CEO ; it was a great opportunity and it enabled Johnson to provide a good life for his wife and two small children, as well as his aged parents back in the Indian state of Kerala.

In 2012, the new ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qassimi began purging executives in the RAKFTZA and RAK Investment Authority who had worked for his father; Johnson George’s boss was one of them. As a pretext for his dismissal, the CEO was accused of corruption, and returned to the United States where he continues a fight to clear his name in American civil courts. Under these circumstances, after more than ten years of diligent service, Johnson tendered his resignation to the RAKFTZA and began his own private consultancy.

Johnson’s reputation for excellence, and his acumen in Free Trade Zone contracts eventually led to his being hired as general manager of the Umm Al Quwain Free Zone in 2013.

When he was arrested by police 8 months ago, Johnson was bewildered. He had been working in the UAE without incident for nearly 20 years, drafted thousands of contracts for the RAK and UAQ investment authorities that helped see their foreign investments bloom; he was now being held accountable for an alleged breach of trust supposedly committed by his old boss on a contract from 2005?