The chief executive of a Malaysian telco has come forward to deny media reports that he was arrested and detained at Dubai’s International Airport for possession of drugs in September.
Tune Talk CEO Jason Lo said in a statement to The Edge Markets that he was sent to a police “lock up” because of a scuffle he got into with an undercover cop while trying to break up a fight his friend got into.
The statement said: “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.”
Citing a report on Nov 9 by Media Prima Bhd TV station TV3, The Straits Times reported without naming Lo, that a man in his 40s had been repatriated on Nov 7 after serving a sentence in the United Arab Emirates for the offence.
The report added that drugs found in his luggage were “believed to be cocaine” and that the man had been arrested on Sept 18 upon arrival from Amsterdam.
The arrest was made a day before Dubai hosted the annual telecommunications conference, Telecoms World Middle East 2017, where Jason was due to speak.
AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes, whose Tune Group owns Tune Talk told Free Malaysia Today (FMT) that news of Jason’s detention was untrue.
Fernandes said that he had just spoken with Jason, whom he said had taken a break, and that he was going to “be doing something different for me”.