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Commentaar Jan Libbenga:

Tijdens de voorbereidingen van het boek is de auteur getipt over de werkzaamheden van Malika binnen de AEL, met verwijzingen naar bepaalde publicaties die in het boek worden aangehaald. Daarna is de inhoud van die publicaties door onze bronnen bevestigd. Diverse malen is vervolgens met AEL contact gezocht, uiteindelijk met specifieke vragen over deze affaire, maar men besloot er niet op in te gaan.

De AEL heeft de auteur telefonisch ingelicht over dit persbericht met toevoeging van nog enkele curieuze feiten, namelijk dat deze informante Ahlam tegenwoordig ‘toevallig ook in Dubai verblijft en ook iets in bankzaken doet’. Daarnaast zou er nog tot 2007-2008 contact met haar zijn geweest en zouden er ‘recente foto’s van haar zijn’.

De verklaring roept, los van de toevalligheden, erg veel vragen op. Ten eerste verschilt de uitleg van wat het OM er destijds over heeft verklaard, namelijk dat de AEL is getipt door een tolk-vertaler. Ten tweede is het vreemd dat een spionne eerst wordt weggestuurd, waarna zij zonder duidelijke aanleiding een zeer belangrijke informant voor de organisatie wordt die de organisatie heeft behoed voor mollen. Ten derde heeft de AEL nu blijkbaar geen enkele moeite om haar identiteit min of meer te onthullen en ook haar dubbelrol toe te lichten. Mocht deze vrouw inderdaad bestaan, zoals de AEL stelt, dan kan zij voor schending ambtsgeheim worden aangehouden en berecht.

Dat deze voor de AEL kennelijk zo hulpvaardige informante op deze manier wordt ‘afgeserveerd’, lijkt niet erg logisch, ook al omdat deze details helemaal niet vermeld hadden hoeven te worden in een verklaring over vermeende persoonsverwisseling.

De auteur ziet na consultatie van zijn bronnen vooralsnog geen aanleiding om de informatie over deze zaak bij te stellen, maar had de verklaring van AEL natuurlijk liever in het boek opgenomen. Bij een eventuele volgende druk zal dat waarschijnlijk alsnog gebeuren.


Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

While Australians languished in Dubai jails, a much bigger fish made fraudulent millions with impunity. This glamorous but treacherous spy is finally behind bars, writes Rick Feneley.

Drieluik MalikaThey call her the modern-day Mata Hari, a spy-turned-criminal who laundered fortunes from drug runners and arms dealers through Dubai’s high-rise wonderland.

Alternatively, they have cast Malika Karoum as an innocent woman, a fugitive not from the law but from an abusive husband who maliciously defamed her – and concocted the whole spy-crime thriller – as part of a bitter custody battle for their young son.

The Netherlands media have been wrestling over the two Karoums for a year. The 33-year-old Dutch-Moroccan’s exotic good looks made great fodder for magazines, newspapers and tabloid television. But on Wednesday this week came the bombshell. The cover story of Revu, a quality weekly magazine, announced: ”Spy Malika in the cell.”

Only now could it reveal that Karoum had been in jail for the past six months in Egypt, where the Ismailiya State Security Court convicted her in April of money laundering and involvement in weapons trading, but acquitted her of espionage.

Karoum, who had also performed intelligence work for Egypt, had been sentenced to 28 months in prison, and the Court of Appeal had upheld the decision last month.

More sensational, though, is the news of how Karoum was caught. In a top-secret operation, her former colleagues from the Dutch secret service arrived at her Dubai apartment at 2am on January 21. They held her there for several weeks under house arrest before taking her to Egypt, an intelligence source has told Revu’s reporter Jan Libbenga. Dubai has no extradition treaty with the Netherlands. The Dutch, in effect, abducted Karoum only after negotiations with her lawyers, to bring her back to Amsterdam, broke down.

Four days after the swoop on Karoum’s home, Dubai police arrested two Australians, Matt Joyce and Marcus Lee, on suspicion of fraud. The pair are former executives of Dubai Waterfront, the world’s grandest waterfront project, a subsidiary of the Emirate’s biggest property developer, the government-owned Nakheel.

The jailed Australians, who are fighting to prove their innocence, are in no way linked to Karoum.

Karoum – using her apparent cover as a real estate executive – did do some work on property developments within Dubai Waterfront, among other sites. She was accused of funnelling drug and arms money – including that of an Egyptian weapons dealer – into Dubai’s property bubble, which burst spectacularly last year. Millions invested through her by criminal networks are said to have vanished.

While Joyce and Lee and other Australians languish in Dubai’s jails, the Karoum story throws light on the way business is done in the Emirate. The sheikhdom is making a big show of cleaning up corruption in its property industry, but it showed no apparent interest in stopping Karoum. Indeed, Libbenga says, she ended up spying for the United Arab Emirates, too, and it offered her protection. She had also spied for Egypt.

Her old Dutch colleagues could well understand the analogy with the original Mata Hari, the Dutch exotic dancer Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, a seductress who became a double agent during World War I, working for both French and German spymasters.

Karoum joined the Dutch secret service in 2004, Revu says. Most of her work had concerned secret investigations of Islamic organisations in the Netherlands suspected of terrorist aid. She was sent to Dubai late in 2006 to investigate terrorist financing and money laundering to and from Dubai. Once there, she soon defected to her own cause: making money.

For her Dutch spymasters, the alarm rang in October 2007, when a Dutch-Turkish money courier was arrested at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, with more than €100,000. He said it was to be collected by Karoum. This man was not known to her spy colleagues.

The secret service contacted police. It transpired that observation teams from the Bureau of National Research had photographs of a woman in the company of Dutch drug dealers. Only then did they realise it was Karoum.

Now authorities suspect Karoum played an important role in drug trafficking, Revu reported.

Karoum had managed to slip back into the Netherlands at the time of the man’s arrest, but she escaped via Madrid and Casablanca to Dubai. She left her hire car behind, with a note to the hire company, in a garage in the town of Breukelen. Diplomatic pressure on Dubai failed to have her returned to the Netherlands.

The Herald began trying to find Karoum in early February this year. As late as April our calls were being transferred to her extension at ACI Real Estate in Dubai, the subsidiary of a German-based company. Like many caught in the Arab Emirate’s collapsing real estate market, ACI is struggling to complete grand visions such as its Sports Trilogy: the Niki Lauda Twin Towers, the Boris Becker Business Tower and Michael Schumacher Business Avenue. ACI’s switch repeatedly told the Herald that Karoum was, indeed, still working there. But messages went unanswered, as did emails to Karoum’s address with the firm, requesting a detailed response to the many allegations against her. Now we know why.

Also in February, Political News of Morocco editorialised that Karoum was giving its emigrants a bad name and asked why Dubai was doing nothing about her. Now we know that the Dutch secret service already had.

In a webcast by Panorama Magazine late last year, Karoum said the whole story against her was a lie, created by her former husband Mohammed Boulnouar. She said she had fled the Netherlands because he had mentally and physically abused her.

Jacques Smits, an Amsterdam private investigator ( and former policeman , has been on Karoum’s trail since January last year. He was originally employed by Boulnouar to hunt her down in Dubai and retrieve their son, Mohammed jnr, now aged about eight.

In February last year Smits flew to Dubai, hoping to confront Karoum. He had already intervened and warned her then employer, the Dubai property firm Omniyat, about Karoum. The company went on to sack Karoum and her boss for alleged fraud.

Smits only managed to get Karoum by phone. He told the Herald: ”She said, ‘I am going to kill you.’ I had ruined her life in Dubai.”

He believes she is capable of it, and this motivated his campaign to bring her to justice, long after he stopped working for her husband. A Dutch court later ordered Karoum to return her son to the Netherlands, then overturned that ruling last December.

Either way, Smits is no friend of Boulnouar, who had been a travel agent in West Amsterdam. He says Boulnouar paid him only €7000 ($12,000) and still owes him €10,000. Smits says he helped Dutch intelligence to keep pursuing Karoum.

Last November customers accused Boulnouar of stealing the money they had paid him for the haj to Mecca. He had claimed he was the victim of a robbery on October 31 when he tried to deliver about €300,000 in cash and several hundred passports to Royal Jordanian Airways. He claimed the robbers told him they were sent by ”Malika”.

Smits does not buy his story. Nor does he buy Karoum’s. In January last year Smits received a tip that she was returning to the Netherlands for a wedding. He says he went to Schiphol Airport and, armed with photographs, alerted a Dutch military police officer. The officer had called up Karoum’s Interpol file, then left the room briefly to get the print-out of the document. Smits says he was able to read the warrant on the screen. ”There were six or seven felonies.” They included money laundering and drug offences.

Dutch police observation teams had seen a woman in the company of a British man, Simon John ”Slapper” Cowmeadow. Only later did they realise she was Karoum. Cowmeadow was shot dead in an Amsterdam street on November 18, 2007.

Nadim Imac, a suspected heroin importer and the sponsor of a Dutch soccer team, Turkiyemspor, was thrown to his death from a moving bus on February 17 this year. Police found €223,000 in his home.

A player from his soccer team had acted as a money courier to Dubai, where money from a Turk associate of Imac’s was invested in Damac Properties. Karoum had handled that introduction.

Revu has reported on Karoum’s connections with the Dutch company Palm Invest, which has come under the spotlight for alleged fraud. Karoum’s old boss at Omniyat took her with him in June last year when he launched Define Properties in Dubai. Define had 12 lots on Nakheel’s Waterfront site, and relied heavily for funds on a key Karoum contact, an Egyptian arms dealer. But when stories began circulating about Karoum, the boss sacked her.

Later, Define could not raise enough capital and ACI Real Estate took over some of its properties. It first employed the Define boss, but dumped him after recruiting Karoum. ACI has not responded to the Herald’s questions.

From last December Karoum’s lawyers advised her to co-operate with Dutch authorities. Revu reported she was offered an ”ample golden handshake” from the secret service and an opportunity to start a new life in a third country. Los Angeles, Singapore, Luxembourg, Malta, Egypt and the Dutch Antilles were destinations recommended.

The Dutch, more than anything, wanted to stop her giving intelligence to other countries, and to stop her criminal pursuits.

Karoum had seemed agreeable but withdrew at the last moment. She reportedly believed she would be afforded the protection of sheikhs in Dubai. That came to nothing at 2am on January 21.

In most countries the snatching of Karoum – a breach of sovereignty – would have caused a diplomatic crisis. But there has not been a peep out of Dubai, which does not care about bad publicity.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it could not answer any of the Herald’s questions, on privacy grounds. The names of even convicted criminals are protected in the Netherlands.

Jan Libbenga will publish a book, The Hunt for Malika, Modern Mata Hari, in October.

Jacques Smits says an estimated €90 million is still missing from Karoum’s crimes and the Dutch secret service may recruit him to help retrieve it.

”If the price is right, I’m your guy,” he told the Herald. Smits says he feels safe until Karoum’s release from jail – but only until then.

Malika smilegroot

  • Last Updated: June 22. 2009 2:02PM UAE / June 22. 2009 10:02AM GMT

DUBAI // The UAE faces a growing domestic drugs problem, on top of dealing with international traffickers, according to a senior Dubai Customs official.

“I would not shut my mouth and say we don’t have drug problems here,” said Mohammed al Marri, the executive director of cargo operations. “Yes, we do have them.”

Mr al Marri was speaking after The National was given a tour of Dubai Customs’ operations at Jebel Ali, the largest port in the region and the gateway for most of the nine million containers that enter Dubai each year by sea.

The problem, he said, was an unfortunate side-effect of the country’s success: “The numbers of people who are living here are not like the number who were living here 10 years ago, so that has had an impact, that’s for sure.”

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the UAE’s population nearly doubled between 1995 and 2005.

“We have more than 140 nationalities living in this country, each one of them coming with their own backgrounds and their own traditions and heritage.

“I would say that is one of the major reasons for seeing an increase in quantities [of illegal drugs] coming.”

The problem, said Mr al Marri, was compounded by political instability elsewhere in the region.

“We know areas in the neighbouring countries are not quite governed by the local governments, and the land has been used for producing major volumes.”

A report released in February by the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board named the Emirates as “major exporting and trans-shipping area” for drugs such as amphetamines and heroin.

Mr al Marri expressed reservations over the report, saying there had been “minimal communication” between Dubai Customs and the UN agency that had compiled it. “The way forward is sitting together and closing the gaps, not by pointing fingers at each other,” he said.

Since the release of the report, UAE authorities have given increasing publicity to the efforts to counter drug-smuggling. In the past three months there have been several large seizures.

In April, Ahmad Ibrahim Saif, the Chief Justice of the Dubai Criminal Court, said most cases dealt with by the court since September had been drug-related.

Do you remember this ‘person’?


If you need to learn ANYTHING about drugtrafficking, just contact her because she seems to be the ‘mastermind’ in drug trafficking and (dirty/criminal) moneylaundering.

Deutsche ACI vertreibt Fonds seit 2008 auch in Österreich

Vier Dubai-Fonds der deutschen Fondsgesellschaft Alternative Capital Invest (ACI) sind möglicherweise in Schieflage geraten. ACI vertreibt seit 2008 die Dubai-Fonds auch in Österreich. Der Dubai Fonds VI, der mit Niki Lauda am Prospekt warb (siehe unten, weil der Fonds in die Niki-Lauda Twin Towers in Dubai investiert), war der erste Fonds, für den auch ein Prospekt in Österreich hinterlegt wurde. Aktuell geht es um die Vorgängerfonds II bis V. Diese können vorerst keine Ausschüttungen leisten, berichtet unter Bezugnahme auf ein Schreiben der ACI an ihre Anleger. Ein Verkauf der Fondsimmobilien sei zwar vertraglich vereinbart, jedoch habe der Erwerber entgegen einer früheren Zusage seiner Bank keine Kredite erhalten, so die “Welt”. “Einer Auflösung der Fonds II bis V zum 31. Dezember 2008 steht derzeit nichts im Wege”, verkündete ACI noch am 9. Dezember 2008 in einer Aussendung. Der Börse Express ging dem nach: Am Firmensitz in Gütersloh hiess es, der zuständige Fondsmanager sei derzeit nicht zu erreichen, sonst könne leider niemand Auskunft geben. Bei der Österreich-Koordinatorin, Ok-System Invest GmbH, ging am Mittwoch erst beim dritten Versuch jemand ans Telefon. Ok-System verwies allerdings wieder nach Gütersloh, man sei dafür nicht zuständig. Mit einer Investitionssumme von 474,5 Mio. Euro ist ACI nach einer Marktstudie der Beteiligungsmodelle von Feri EuroRating der grösste Anbieter von Dubai-Fonds in Deutschland.
Traumrenditen versprochen
Die Auszahlungen an die 6000 Anleger aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz seien bislang “wie prospektiert” getätigt worden, steht auf der Homepage. Seit 2008 wurden Dubai-Fonds von ACI auch in Österreich über Finanzdienstleister angeboten. Eine Beteiligung war ab 10.000 Euro zuzüglich 5% Agio möglich. Den Anlegern wurden Renditen von 12% p.a. und mehr in Aussicht gestellt. Investoren haben in den vergangenen Jahren für Milliardenbeträge Bürotürme und Hotels in Dubai errichtet und damit eine gewaltige Spekulationsblase geschaffen, die mit dem Beginn der Subprime-Krise platzte. Verbraucherschützer warnten schon 2005 vor Engagements im Immobilienmarkt des Öl-Emirats am Persischen Golf gewarnt.

Well Malika, as I told you before….the (and your) end is near !!!

Malika 3 in 1Dubai – Vier Dubai-Fonds des Gütersloher Initiators Alternative Capital Invest (ACI) sind offenbar in Schieflage geraten. Die Fonds II bis V könnten vorerst keine Ausschüttungen leisten, berichtet der Branchendienst unter Bezugnahme auf ein Schreiben der ACI an ihre Anleger. Zwar sei ein Verkauf der Fondsimmobilien vertraglich vereinbart. Jedoch habe der Erwerber entgegen einer früheren Zusage seiner Bank keine Kredite erhalten. Aus unternehmensnahen Kreisen wurden die Informationen der WELT gegenüber bestätigt. ACI-Geschäftsführer Uwe Lohmann war bis Redaktionsschluss nicht für eine Stellungnahme zu erreichen.
Mit einer Investitionssumme von insgesamt 474,5 Mio. Euro ist ACI nach der Marktstudie der Beteiligungsmodelle von Feri EuroRating der größte Anbieter von Dubai-Fonds in Deutschland. Auf ihrer Internetseite beziffert die Gesellschaft ihr Gesamtinvestitionsvolumen im Wüstenstaat sogar mit “über 550 Mio. Euro”.Investoren hatten in den vergangenen Jahren für Milliardenbeträge Bürotürme und Hotels in Dubai errichtet und damit eine gewaltige Spekulationsblase geschaffen, die mit der Finanzkrise platzte. Verbraucherschützer hatten schon im Jahr 2005 vor Engagements im Immobilienmarkt des Öl-Emirats am Persischen Golf gewarnt. rhai

by Robert to 7StarsDubai

Until recently I worked in the ‘legal’ department of a major property developer in Dubai. These investors are 100% correct. The unscrupulous practices being carried out by Developers in Dubai in order to defraud investors of the money they’ve handed over in good faith is quite incredible.


It’s a massive scandal just waiting to be revealed. I just hope these investors are sucessful in their quest to reveal the extent of the scandal. We are talking about billions of dollars of investors money, not millions.

These developers have taken the money from investors, spent it and now cancelled the projects to which the money relates. The crux of the problem is the companies won’t now refund investors their money back as they simply don’t have this money anymore. They’re broke. If they were in an western country we’d say they were Insolvent or Bankrupt. They simply shouldn’t still be trading.

They can’t now give the investors the money back and they’ve spent it (or hidden it away in accounts in far off places). All these developers were relying upon is the ‘Pyramid Scheme’ they’ve been operating wouldn’t come to an end. Sadly the credit crunch arrived and their income gravy train has come to a sudden and abrupt halt. Now blind panic has set in amongst these developers and investors quite rightly ask for their money back in relation to the numerous cancelled projects. The scandal is that the developers are doing every trick in their big sordid book of malpractices in order to avoid having to refund such money, for the reasons I’ve said.

The Dubai Government and the so called ‘Real Estate Regulation Authority (RERA)’ are doing next to nothing to stop these sharks. They shouldn’t be surprised therefore that the pack of cards they’ve tried to build in Dubai over the last few years is now going to come tumbling down around their sorry, sordid ears. You reap what you sow.



Be advised, the DL project, nor the units have been registered with the land department. in violation of the law. everybody go to the land department’s registration office ASAP and register your unit in your name. this prevents Schon from selling your apartment and canceling your contract. then go file your case in court ASAP.


Escrow account is iffy too. go to the bank and request for your account information as well.


I am an ex member of staff from Schon who is owed not an unsubstanial amount of money. Ex employees are not being paid what they are owed. There are several pending civil court cases against this company, who have clearly flaunted the employment and visa rules of this country. One of these cases is taking place this week. By my estimation money owed is certainly well over 1m dirham.

If i were an investor i would not be paying any more money to this compnay until there delivered . they are taking but not giving in any shape or form.