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​Scottish court denies UAE extradition request of Edinburgh bus driver following expert testimony from Detained In Dubai’s Radha Stirling.​

Press Releases   •   Nov 17, 2017 16:47 GMT

Detained in Dubai applauded Scotland’s decision today to refuse extradition of their client Garrett Black to the United Arab Emirates, following the organisation’s involvement in the case. Garrett Black, a bus driver from Edinburgh, found himself fighting an extradition request for "breach of trust" by former UAE son in law, apparently as a result of a domestic dispute with Garrett’s daughter.

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​PRESS RELEASE FROM OUR PARTNERS GUERNICA CHAMBERS: The Metropolitan Police have now commenced an investigation in to the Torture and abuse of Former Leeds United Managing Director, Mr. David Haigh.

Press Releases   •   Nov 07, 2017 14:54 GMT

Mr. David Haigh, the former Managing Director of Leeds United Football Club, was arrested and imprisoned in Dubai, the U.A.E., in March 2014, for a period of 223 months, following him being ‘tricked’ into flying to Dubai by his former employers.

His arrest, was on the basis that he had “breached the trust” of his former employers, allegations that were, and are still vigorously denied. He was convicted and then offered a Royal Pardon provided that he did not appeal. Mr. Haigh was then rearrested hours before he was due to fly home, for “twitter slander” held for a further 5 months then acquitted. In parallel, his former employers had commenced civil litigation in the DIFC courts against a defenseless, detained, and tortured Mr. Haigh.

The allegations and therefore his subsequent detention, are baseless. However, regardless of this, the treatment he suffered in custody does, on any objective view, amount to torture.

Mr. Haigh was beaten, physically assaulted, Tasered, and subjected to sensory deprivation. Such abhorrent treatment has no place in any democratic system based on the rule of law.

Further, Mr. Haigh was also forced to watch other prisoners being tortured in front of him, again, abhorrent treatment that simply cannot be justified under any circumstances.

Since being back in the UK, Mr. Haigh has undergone, and continues to undergo, treatment for serious physical and dental injuries sustained during his detention, including fractures to the face and hand. He has spent almost 5 months in hospital and still requires further surgery.

Further, psychological assistance has also been sought following a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) arising from torture.

On 18 July 2017, a preliminary complaint was submitted to the Metropolitan Police, specifically, SO15, the unit with responsibility for investigating terrorism, war crimes, and allegations of torture.

That preliminary complaint has now been supplanted by a more formal, and detailed filing.

The filing details the relevant law, and the basis upon which the treatment suffered by Mr. Haigh at the hands of the UAE authorities satisfies the definition of torture; as has been expressed previously, the treatment suffered, cannot, on any objective viewpoint, amount to anything other than torture.

By way of evidence, Mr. Haigh has submitted a lengthy statement of complaint and relevant medical reports detailing the injuries sustained, and the treatment required to correct those physical and mental injuries sustained during his detention.

The Metropolitan Police have commenced an investigation and requested further information from various parties, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Mr. Haigh.

It is anticipated that the Metropolitan Police will request that Mr. Haigh submits to a formal investigative interview, and he welcomes the opportunity to do so.

A complaint has also been filed with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who have in turn complained to the UAE regarding the treatment of Mr. Haigh.

Since his acquittal, Mr. Haigh has focused on helping others that are suffering injustices’ in the UAE. He recently spoke at the United Nations, on the UAE’s use of torture and unfair trials and worked on securing the freedom of another British citizen unfairly detained, JamieHarron.

Mr. Haigh, and Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers look forward to the progress in this matter, and look forward to justice being achieved.

Those who commit such crimes cannot be allowed to do so with impunity. A position of zero-tolerance must be adopted.

UAE Criminal and Civil Justice Specialists.  Contact us on info@detainedindubai.org

Further to the preliminary complaint lodged with the Metropolitan Police in the summer, a substantive complaint over the torture of Mr. David Haigh, by the UAE authorities, has now been submitted to the Metropolitan Police.

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Dubai releases Brit under international media pressure, but secretly place him on Interpol watch list.

Press Releases   •   Nov 06, 2017 15:40 GMT

Jamil Mukadam one of the many recent high profile Brits detained in Dubai for seemingly trivial offences has been released, but the UAE has not done so in good grace. Mukadam was told by his management that although, under worldwide pressure, the Dubai authorities let him go they have also secretly placed on an Interpol watch list, meaning his UK government job is at risk.

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Another Scottish victim of the UAE legal system comes forward - "2 years detained in Dubai for a £2 taxi fare mix up"

Press Releases   •   Nov 01, 2017 13:25 GMT

"2 years UAE detention for £2 taxi fare." After the recent cases of Jamie Harron and Billy Barclay, another Scotsman has come forward to speak about his own Middle East nightmare. 46-year-old businessman and politician David Ballantine, reportedly lost his life savings after being detained in the UAE for 2 years after a mixup with a £2 taxi payment.

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Dow Chemical Company abandons employee left brain dead after negligent medical operation in UAE

Press Releases   •   Oct 31, 2017 11:05 GMT

Dow Chemical Company has abandoned employee, medical malpractice victim Imran Hussain in Dubai. Imran has been left at the Mediclinic hospital, brain damaged and suffering from the poor treatment he has received there. Mr Hussain had successful heart surgery, but then oxygen was cut off to his brain, leaving him in a vegetative state and needing 24 hour care for life.

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Ruler of Dubai exonerates Jamie Harron

Press Releases   •   Oct 23, 2017 11:29 BST

With the help of Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Jamie Harron has been freed, his passport returned and charges against him dropped.

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Scotsman Jamie Harron sentenced today to 3 months in Dubai jail for brushing up against man in crowded bar

Press Releases   •   Oct 22, 2017 13:59 BST

​Jamie Harron sentenced to 3 months imprisonment for brushing the hip of an Arab at the Rock Bottom bar in Dubai. Witnesses to the incident were not called to testify to discredit the allegations brought by Emad Tabaza, the MD of Neuman & Esser. Jamie will appeal the verdict, though this will prolong his difficult circumstances in Dubai, and compound the financial losses he has suffered.

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Jamie Harron has no court date for rude gesture charge. Parents to visit Jamie in Dubai but risk criminal charges under UAE cybercrime laws.

Press Releases   •   Oct 17, 2017 13:44 BST

Jamie Harron has been stuck in Dubai for over 5 months, following allegations of brushing past a German man in a crowded bar. Neuman & Esser’s MD Mr Emad Tabaza accused Jamie of indecent behaviour and a “rude gesture”. On someone’s word in the UAE, police have arrested Jamie. Harron has been waiting for almost half a year for a court hearing and faces years in prison if found guilty.

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Class action against UK Government for failing in 'duty of care' to British citizens in countries like the UAE

Press Releases   •   Oct 17, 2017 12:21 BST

A class action is being developed against the UK government by clients of Radha Stirling, David Haigh and a UK Queen’s Counsel based on the UK government’s failure in its duty of care towards citizens. The Government has failed to give sufficient warning to UK nationals travelling abroad, it has failed to respond to requests for help, and when it does it takes no action on behalf of its citizens.

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"They have ruined our son's life" - Jamie Harron parents furious over Neuman & Esser's stance as Scotsman faces prison over public indecency charges in Dubai

Press Releases   •   Oct 16, 2017 10:47 BST

"They have ruined our son's life" - Parents of Jamie Harron furious over German company Neuman & Esser's stance supporting Managing Director Emad Tabaza. Scotsman Jamie faces years in prison over public indecency charges in Dubai. - Jamie, who has already lost his job, all his savings and ran up substantial credit card debts during Dubai detainment, tells of his fears for the future.

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About Detained In Dubai

Detained in Dubai is a not for profit NGO which specialises in helping people in trouble in the UAE and other unfamiliar legal systems

The leading international experts on Middle Eastern Law. Specialising in, but not limited to Dubai and the UAE.

Detained In Dubai is a Not For Profit NGO that has been helping both ordinary victims of the UAE justice system and high profile cases successfully for over ten years.

We work with lawyers internationally for multi jurisdictional conflicts as well as working with reliable law firms in the UAE who we have grown to trust after years of positive outcomes.

We assist with case strategy, press, negotiating the legal system in the UAE and whatever it takes to achieve a positive outcome for you.

We assist people who are facing sometimes unbelievable situations that they never imagined possible, some with extensive international business and travel experience.

We act as a communications platform for international journalists reporting on foreign news, travel news, business news, higher educations news, and even now arts news, golfing news, racing news, etc.--as the very troubling situation is affecting all sectors with people like you working in and visiting the UAE.

We produce case studies, many which have not yet been reported by the media, because the victims are afraid to speak out.

While based in the London area to avoid the threat of political influence or pressure, we reach out to those affected by injustice in the UAE internationally. Our goal is to facilitate positive change, faster, by communicating the sometimes very disturbing experiences of foreign nationals there.

We are convinced that more international visibility and pressure will lead to faster reform and the UAE can become a mutually and culturally respectful, international meeting point for us all.

We assist with the entire legal process, including negotiations, representation in Court in the UAE and abroad where required (eg. Interpol and Extradition).

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