EXCLUSIVE by James Bryce
A FURIOUS expat hauled off a flight by police over an unpaid dental bill is suing the dentist for making false accusations.
Bjorn Limbourg, 30, from Estepona, was marched off a flight from Malaga by two officers in front of stunned fellow passengers.
He was then handcuffed and questioned over allegations that he owed 500 euros.
But after being interrogated for five hours, the bartender – originally from Belgium – was released without charge, with police claiming that it was a civil matter.
Limbourg insists the bill has been paid and is now taking legal action against the Marbella-based dentist for making false accusations.
“I’m really angry about the whole situation,” Limbourg told the Olive Press.
“The first I knew of any complaint was when the police confronted me.
“It was very humiliating to be taken off the plane in that manner,” added Limbourg, who had been heading to Thailand to find bar work for six months during the Spanish winter.
“This has cost me 800 euros on flights that I will have to re-book.
“Plus I am having to pay for a hire car because I had sold mine and am relying on friends to let me stay because I’m renting out my flat.”
Limbourg – who has lived in Spain for six years – worked in the same bar as the dentist’s girlfriend and briefly shared a flat with her.
He claims he paid dentist Dr. Sorin Cristea, of clinic Dental Marbella, via his girlfriend for a reconstruction and two fillings.
“I gave the money to her, as agreed, and she later told me that it was all sorted,” insisted Limbourg, who is demanding an apology and compensation.
When contacted by the Olive Press, Dr Cristea insisted that the bill was still outstanding.
“It is logical that you pay the clinic directly, not through a third party,” he said.
“The bill was not paid and the next thing I knew he had bought a one-way ticket to Thailand.
“The police had to release him because they said it was a civil case rather than a criminal one, not because of a lack of evidence.
“He is just making the situation worse. He hasn’t fulfilled his obligation to pay his bill and clearly has no sense of wrongdoing.”