Africa Intelligence 28 November 2014
For the first time, the ongoing legal trial of strength between the Djibouti government and businessman Abdourahman Boreh has turned in the latter’s favour.
This was at the Commercial Court, a subdivision of the High Court of Justice in London, on 13 November. Djibouti was represented by Khawar Qureshi and Jennifer Haywood retained by the firm Gilbson, Dunn & Crutcher, while Richard Waller and James Willan, taken by Byrne & Partners, acted for Boreh.
During the hearing, Judge Flaux expressed his doubt on the validity of the terrorism accusation claimed by a Djibouti court against Boreh and deemed that the British courts had acted in error when they decreed a world-wide freezing of Boreh’s assets in September 2013. He requested more detailed information on this point from Djibouti’s lawyers and ordered them to pay 25% of Boreh’s legal costs.