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Dubai: Panel clears DP World of Djibouti allegations

FILE -- In this Feb. 7, 2009 file photo, Djibouti men and women dance during the opening ceremony of Dubai-based port operator DP World's Doraleh container terminal in Djibouti port. Dubai's government media office said Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, that an arbitration tribunal has cleared port operator DP World of allegations of wrongdoing over its operation of an East African port. The government of Djibouti brought a legal challenge against Dubai's state-backed DP World in 2014 over its 50-year deal to operate the Doraleh Container Terminal, accusing it of bribing the head of Djibouti's port authority. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck, File)

FILE -- In this Feb. 7, 2009 file photo, Djibouti men and women dance during the opening ceremony of Dubai-based port operator DP World's Doraleh container terminal in Djibouti port. Dubai's government media office said Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, that an arbitration tribunal has cleared port operator DP World of allegations of wrongdoing over its operation of an East African port. The government of Djibouti brought a legal challenge against Dubai's state-backed DP World in 2014 over its 50-year deal to operate the Doraleh Container Terminal, accusing it of bribing the head of Djibouti's port authority. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck, File)  (The Associated Press)

Dubai's government says an arbitration tribunal has cleared port operator DP World of allegations of wrongdoing over its operation of an East African port.

The government of Djibouti brought a legal challenge against Dubai's state-backed DP World in 2014 over its 50-year deal to operate the Doraleh Container Terminal, accusing it of bribing the head of Djibouti's port authority.

Dubai's government media office said Tuesday the panel operating under London Court of International Arbitration rules fully exonerated DP World, dismissing Djibouti's claims and ordering it to pay arbitration and other costs. A commercial court in London last year cleared port authority head Abdourahman Boreh of misconduct.

DP World is one of the world's biggest seaport operators. It launched the Doraleh project in 2009.