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Nakheel, the developer behind the Palm Jumeirah, yesterday demanded a retrial in a Dh57 million (US$15.5m) case in the Dubai World Tribunal as it accused one of the judges of falling asleep during legal proceedings.
Chief Justice Michael Hwang was accused yesterday by Nakheel of nodding off for six minutes at a hearing on May 9 in a dispute between the developer and Shokat Mohammad Dalal, an investor in The World project.
Nakheel argued at the tribunal that anything short of a retrial of the case would “damage” public confidence in the judicial system in Dubai and would be “unfair” to all parties.
Nakheel also asserted that the judge had been drowsy for about 40 minutes leading up the period he was asleep.
Sir Anthony Evans, Chief Justice of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts and chairman of the Dubai World Tribunal, conceded that there had been a “breach of duty” and that Judge Hwang gave the impression of being inattentive.