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Saudi Arabia: Encouraging balanced reporting

It is perhaps proof of the strength of sentiment still aroused by the legal dispute between Maan Al Sanea and the defaulted Al Gosaibi family group in Saudi Arabia. Euromoney has received a series of emails regarding the case, in which the Al Gosaibi group has accused Al Sanea, the main figure behind the Saad group (which has also defaulted), of a fraud amounting to some $10 billion.

Euromoney suspects that the emails might have been sent to other members of the media and financial community too.

The addresses vary slightly: mideast.fraud.watch@gmail.com, middle.east.fraud.watch@gmail.com and fraud.watch.mideast@gmail.com.

The addresses and their content are clearly devised to suggest that the Al Gosaibis’ allegations might not be unfounded: something with which Al Sanea’s lawyers would disagree.

One recent email even contains a design for a board game called "Maanopoly". Another sends a report purportedly from a local Gulf news source suggesting a link between Al Sanea and an unnamed former Soviet republic with links to Iran.

However, all it suggests is that the senders of the emails might hold a slight degree of malice towards Al Sanea.

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