Wednesday, September 26, 2012
APL executive cleared of gun smuggling charges in Dubai
APL executive Steve Dolan, who was stuck in Dubai for months on gun smuggling charges, said he has been acquitted of all charges.
"The media attention, especially after it got to the Dubai media, forced this decision rather quickly," Dolan said in an email to Reuters today.
Dolan, a vice president for APL stationed in Dubai, said he faced up to 50 years in jail after authorities told him they found 30,000 knock-off pistols in a shipping container in fall of 2011. The container, which also carried liquid soap, was ostensibly switching ships in Dubai while on the way to Djibouti from Turkey.
Dolan, who has worked for APL for 28 years, said he and three of his coworkers were charged in February with gun smuggling and transporting weapons without a license. Dolan denied knowing anything about the guns and said he has been stuck in Dubai since February since authorities seized his passport until his case was decided.
Dolan stated he is expecting the return of his passport soon, and would return to the United States in four to six weeks.
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