Businessman Sam Zormati arrested in Dubai
Franco-Tunisian businessman Sam Zormati, an entrepreneur with a strong presence in Africa, was arrested at Dubai airport in early October at the request of the Guinean judiciary.
Seizing private jets was already common practice before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic but the tactic has taken off in France in recent months. With Covid cutting commercial flights, such aircraft have become increasingly valuable pawns in commercial disputes.
Although Sam Zormati was not directly targeted by the legal action brought before the ECOWAS Court of Justice by his former business partner Ibrahima Kassus Dioubaté, the role played by the entrepreneur is a recurrent theme in the 45-page ruling handed down by the magistrates in Abuja.