A M'sian Telco CEO Was Arrested For Drug Possession In Dubai. Here's What We Know So Far
News broke out yesterday, 9 November, that a chief executive officer (CEO) of a Malaysian telecommunications company was arrested for drug possession in Dubai
According to media reports, the unnamed CEO who is in his 40s was arrested at the Dubai International Airport in United Arab Emirates (UAE) for drug possession in September.
New Straits Times (NST) reported that the drugs were believed to be cocaine.
Meanwhile, Malay daily Harian Metro cited an anonymous source that claimed that the said individual involved in the case had returned to Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, after serving his sentence in the UAE for the drug offence.
The incident purportedly happened on 18 September when the Dubai authorities found drugs stashed in the CEO's luggage
It was said that the aforementioned man was detained by the UAE authorities as soon as the flight he was in from Amsterdam, Netherlands touched down.
"He was then detained for two weeks at the airport's detention centre for further investigation.
"After two weeks, the CEO was transferred to the Al-Aweer Central Prison to carry out his sentence," the source was quoted as saying by Harian Metro.
Following speculations, Tune Talk CEO Jason Lo has come forward to clarify that he was arrested in Dubai - but for a whole different reason
In a statement to The Edge Markets, he denied allegations that he was being detained over a drug offence. Instead, he explained that he was sent to the police lock-up because he had tried to help his friend who was involved in a fight.
According to Lo, he had grappled with a man while attempting to break up the fight. It turns out that the man Lo grappled with was actually an undercover police officer, who then prolonged his stay in prison because the latter failed to give his statement.
"Here's the story in case you didn't know. I landed in Dubai, at the airport my friend tries to stop a fight. Then he gets hit and I jump the guy who turns out to be an undercover cop. I go to lock up and this guy stalls his statement for weeks. It was horrible. Not as horrible as coming out and hearing rumours of being locked up for every other reason under the sun," he said in the statement, as reported by The Edge Markets.
It is still unclear which telco's CEO was arrested over a drug offence. However, NST reported that the CEO involved is expected to hold a press conference today, 10 November.