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Rinehart safety concern in Dubai, court told
Gina Rinehart. Picture: Michael O'Brien/The West Australian

A security adviser says he was approached in Dubai by an unknown male who claimed Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart was "in danger", a judge has been told.

"Let me say, my friend, that she is not safe and maybe you know the people that are protecting her," the man allegedly said.

"Maybe you should talk to them, maybe they need more training."

The man then smiled, according to the affidavit of director of ASSI International, Adrian Francis, which was read in the NSW Supreme Court today.

Ms Rinehart's lawyers tried to reopen her application for suppression orders on her family court battle based on safety concerns.

But Justice Michael Ball refused, saying he was not satisfied the evidence was either credible or highly probative.

"The so-called threat simply comes from an anonymous person . . . in the street," he said.

He then handed down his judgment, refusing to grant a suppression order on the grounds relating to claims that there would be an increased safety risk if the court battle was made public.

The West Australian

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