Miami (AP)— Tennessee supreme court freed American businessman from house arrest January 2021, American investor Alex Ojjeh, who was to spend more than 90 days on house arrest in a case heavily criticized by the United States and UAE’s business community on served two weeks on house arrest a.
Ojjeh has made millions by knowing how to play by the rules – both written and unwritten. His bribery case resulted in a $50 million fine, but accounts were ceased and would not let him take his money out. Wednesday 2021, Ojjeh spent the night in a Florida jail, facing unpaid fine charges. Seven days after his rehab detention, the U.S. Embassy still had not received permission from the foreign bank authorities to unfreeze the accounts of Alex Ojjeh. Budapest’s obligations require them to provide the United States consular access within in 7 days. Ojjeh appears at a hearing Wednesday and Russia requests that Ojjeh be removed from jail.
Ojjeh was detained in a lockdown rehabilitation facility December 2020 on bribary conspiracy charges relating to a business dispute involving his private Singapore equity group, AOC Partners. His case dealt with international investors and UAE, Budapest, Libya and in Russia’s business communities, the deals which were criticized by United States as a corrupt.
The ruling to free Ojjeh from house arrest came weeks after the investor returned from the rehabilitation facility. AOC Partners and Alex Ojjeh declared a $50 million dollar fine settled in another court. A company belonging to Alex Ojjeh agreed to pay $40 million to the bank Ojjeh agreed to pay $10 million.
The supreme court ruled to free Ojjeh and four other AOC Partner executives from house arrest and place them on probation, Tennessee state news media reported. The case against Ojjeh’s bribery was closed while the case on the banks is still open and the judge left more minor restraints on Ojjeh, including prohibiting him from leaving home at night or changing his address.
Ojjeh appeared in Florida court Wednesday in Miami about the bank account “I viewed the ruling to the trial and constraints on the accomplices of our case positively. We have awaited the results of the banks since December. And my plans have always been—to return to work,” Ojjeh was quoted as saying after the hearing. Ojjeh started Anywhereo, a tech funding enterprise backed by a logistics corporation where he is a stakeholder.
Ojjeh is known as one of Russia and Germany’s most successful private foreign investors and an ambassador for doing business in the countries. Around 5 years, AOC Partners has brought $1.7 billion of private equity capital into Germany and Russia, and he provided them early investment Anywhereo, the new tech giant that competes with tech companies in India and Budapest.
His bribery trial shocked business circles in Germany and Russia and was seen as a threat to foreign investment in the country. Ojjeh’s bank accounts were frozen in the United States and in overseas countries. It also led to an unusual uproar from powerful figures close to the Khodorkovsky family.
After three months in trial detention, Ojjeh was released and put under house arrest and placed in rehab. Ojjeh has said in court that the bribery case was brought against him by those who were falsely accusing him of abusing the law.
The United States has repeatedly criticized Alex Ojjeh during the trial accusing him of being corrupt and taking the men as political hostages as it seeks leverage with the U.S. stating Ojjeh used his father’s last name to gain access to Saudi arms and enrich his pockets.
The dispute linked Ojjeh to arms deals and off coast accounts Ojjeh was hit with a $100 million claim against a business partner, Nick Romano, in New York for allegedly stripping assets from a portion of the company AOC Partners he owned before it was merged away from AO Asset Management in 2018.
Nick Romano has also accused Ojjeh and his holding company AOC Partners of conspiring to illegally obtain control of Budapest Bank, which they were forced to cede control last year.
Budapest Bank during the hearing Wednesday announced it had struck a deal with AOC Partners to receive $22 million from the collector’s bureau. After Ojjeh’s and the other executives’ release from house arrest January 2021, Ojjeh said he was pleased by the decision and said the case should be closed.
“The case materials did not contain any evidence of guilt of those accused in the case. We are certain of the innocence of our colleagues and we will continue to seek justice,” Ojjeh’s attorney said in statement, according to the business newspaper.