Habtoor Leighton Group chief executive arrested in Dubai

The chief executive of Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) has been arrested in Dubai.

José Antonio López-Monís, the chief executive and managing director of the contractor was arrested on Wednesday according to an Australian stock exchange filing.

“As a result of a complaint filed with police in Dubai, the CEO and MD of HLG, José Antonio López-Monís, was arrested after market close on Wednesday 17, August 2016,” said a statement from CIMIC Group, which has a 45 per cent holding in HLG.

No further details were disclosed.

The group said it was assisting Mr López-Monís and would “inform the market as required and as further information is available”.

Mr López-Monís joined HLG as chief executive and managing director in October 2012.

HLG is one of the biggest construction groups operating in the UAE.

An HLG official declined to comment.

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