Dubai: The former governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman has been released on bail following nearly three weeks in provisional detention, Gulf News learnt on Thursday.

"The Public Funds Prosecution continues investigation with DIFC’s ex-governor over preliminary charges of alleged abuse of public office and financial irregularities worth Dh50 million ... however, Bin Sulaiman has been released on financial bail equivalent to the mentioned amount," a law enforcement official told Gulf News.

Dubai's Attorney General Essam Eisa Al Humaidan could not be reached for comment.

In a media statement issued last month, Al Humaidan announced that the Dubai Public Prosecution placed DIFC’s ex-governor under provisional detention during the investigation, which is being carried out by prosecutor Salem Bin Khadem under the supervision of Esmail Madani, head of the Public Funds Prosecution.

The investigation is based on a report by the Financial Control Department of the Dubai Ruler’s Court, which confirmed that such violations took place during the tenure of Bin Sulaiman and accused him of abusing his position in appropriating public funds.
Al Humaidan said Bin Sulaiman had given himself annual performance bonuses which amounted to Dh50 million.

The Attorney General of Dubai was quoted saying that Dubai Government is keen to implement justice without leniency against anyone convicted in this case.