OAP gets jail for firm’s debts as he fights for life

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SQUARE EYES -

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

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