Former Leeds United managing director David Haigh’s continued imprisonment in Dubai is taking a serious toll on his health, it was claimed today.
Haigh is now into his sixth week in jail after his ex-employer and one-time Whites owner Gulf Finance House (GFH) accused him in a civil court case of creating almost £3m of false invoices during his period as deputy chief executive of the bank’s private equity arm.
Haigh, who denies the claims, was arrested on May 18 after he flew to the Middle East for talks about a supposed new position with GFH.
In a statement issued today, a spokesman for the ex-United chief said: “David’s health is suffering significantly during his imprisonment.”
He said Haigh was in “daily pain” as a result of serious stomach surgery he underwent shortly before flying out to Dubai. He is also said to be suffering “dental pain”.
The spokesman said Haigh was in a shared cell, with no access to his computer, phone records or even a pen and paper.
He went on: “David is grateful to all those – police, lawyers and politicians – who have taken up his case and are helping him get through the ordeal of wrongful incarceration.”
No criminal charges have been brought against Haigh, who was one of the men behind GFH’s purchase of Leeds in 2012.
He left his job with the firm earlier this year as Italian businessman Massimo Cellino closed in on a 75 per cent takeover of Leeds.