OAP gets jail for firm’s debts as he fights for life
A BRITISH pensioner fighting for his life in Dubai has been given a three-year prison term after his construction firm there went bust. Malcolm Munroe, 70, has been bedbound in hospital since suffering a stroke four years ago. But his firm crashed as he lay ill, leading to a court case and jail sentence for unpaid debits. And the dad-of-two’s family have been warned by the Foreign Office they risk arrest if they set foot in Dubai. Malcolm’s sister Diane Kirkwood, 68, said: “Anybody connected with the company will be asked to pay the debts owed when they enter the country. “We cannot go to visit him, we have to wait until somebody he knew in Dubai goes to see him and lets us know how he is. We wonder how much longer he can survive.” Malcolm, of Chorlton, Manchester, moved to the Middle East in the 1980s. He went on to marry wife Olga and have sons Alexandre, 16, and Paul, 14. But the trio had to fly back to the UK when Olga fell ill. Malcolm, who stayed behind, then had a massive stroke in 2013. Diane, who has appealed to MPS, the Foreign Office and even Prince Charles, said the Dubai government later closed his company and in 2014 several creditors came forward. Friends have raised money to bring Malcolm back to the UK to continue treatment, but Dubai authorities must agree to release him.
HOSPITAL Malcolm Munroe