A British tourist fined 175,000 dirhams (£36,000) for speeding in a Lamborghini is being forced to stay in Dubai, his family have said.
Farah Hashi, 25, from Newport, cannot afford the fines, his brother said.
Adman Hashi, 50, claims the dealership from which his brother rented the Lamborghini Huracán seized his passport after he was issued with the fines, although the company told The National newspaper he left it as a guarantee.
Mr Hashi reportedly broke the speed limit on one of the city’s busiest roads 33 times in the early hours of Tuesday, triggering every speed camera on the route and reaching 240kmph (150mph).
The yellow Lamborghini was reportedly parked outside the luxury Five hotel on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah island for at least a week after the fines were issued. The dealership said it had not claimed the car back from the tourist because they may be liable to pay the fines if they do so.
The 25-year-old’s brother Adman Hashi, told the BBC a representative of the Saeed Ali Rent a Car dealership demanded Mr Hashi’s passport after the fine was issued and he handed it over out of “fear”.
“There is no way he has that money. He is out of work at the minute and went to Dubai to visit friends,” he said
Mr Hashi borrowed money to pay for the Dubai trip and one of his friends paid the Lamborghini’s rental fee, he said, adding: “He was caught doing 2 00 km/h but he didn’t know the laws over there.”
The Independent has contacted Saeed Ali Rent a Car for comment.
Source : www.independent.co.uk