Sheikh’s son brags that Scotland Yard returned his seized Ferrari they used in publicity drive because of his connections
The son of a billionaire sheikh whose £200,000 Ferrari was displayed outside Scotland Yard as a warning to uninsured drivers has bragged how it was returned when police discovered who he was.
The supercar was put on show outside the Met HQ to let illegal drivers know that their cars would be seized – whatever they were driving.
But the owner of the Ferrari FF, Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi – son of the Emir of Ajman, in the United Arab Emirates – boasted on his Facebook page that the Yard had handed the keys back as soon as they identified him.
He wrote online: ‘Arab money talks.’
The supercar, which can reach speeds of 208mph, was seized by police last month
The Ferrari FF belonged to Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, son of the Emir of Ajman
Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi boasted on Facebook that he was given his car back as soon police found out who he was
But a Met spokesman said the owner would have been forced to pay a fine and provide accurate paperwork before the car was returned.
The spokesman said: ‘In relation to the Ferrari, it has been reclaimed by its owner.
‘We can’t talk about the personal circumstances, but to reclaim a vehicle, an owner must pay the fine, recovery fee, storage costs and produce the correct documentation verifying they have valid insurance and possess a licence.’
Rashid, who is known in Ajman by his nickname RRR, short for Rich in Real estate Resources, posted pictures on Facebook of his Ferrari accompanied with the statement: ‘My Ferrari got Seized in London, then they found out who i was and gave it back’.
In the comments on the post, Sheikh Rashid explained ‘I took it to London and I didn’t pay insurance and the BRITISH POLICE took my car away, but then I told them who I was.’
He then wrote ‘Arab Money talks’ followed by a smiley face emoticon.
The car can reach speeds of 208mph and can go from 0 to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds.
The £200,000 Ferrari was displayed outside New Scotland Yard to highlight Operation Cubo, a major campaign to target uninsured motorists
The car was seized in South Kensington to highlight a campaign against uninsured drivers ordered by Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe.
Police said it would be auctioned or crushed unless its owner produced the correct paperwork.
Sheikh Rashid, who owns a fleet of expensive supercars which are flown to London for him to drive, promotes himself on his Facebook as the ‘Head Of Planning and Municipality Department in Ajman, Chief of Ajman Club and is Head of R Holding’.
It also says he is the youngest son of HH Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Ruler of Ajman.
R Holding, the page says, holds many diverse other business entities, such as building materials, piling & construction, hotels & shopping malls, financial investments, leisure, retail & hospitality, and commercial jets.