Parents of Scot held in Dubai for brushing past man in bar speak out

Parents of Scot held in Dubai for brushing past man in bar speak out

Press Releases   •   Oct 08, 2017 12:54 BST

The parents of Jamie Harron, the Scotsman arrested in Dubai for accidentally touching another man’s hip while trying to avoid bumping into him in a crowded bar, have spoken out. They tell of their fears for Jamie, and how the pressure has affected everyone in their close family.

Brit facing 3 years jail in Dubai for "public indecency" after putting his hand on man in a bar so as not to bump and spill drinks.

Brit facing 3 years jail in Dubai for "public indecency" after putting his hand on man in a bar so as not to bump and spill drinks.

Press Releases   •   Oct 06, 2017 13:32 BST

Scot, Jamie Harron faces 3 years jail in Dubai for a cultural misunderstanding. Jamie was holding a drink and moving through a crowded bar, hand held in front of him to avoid spilling drink on himself or others. He touched a man on his hip to avoid impact. He was arrested for public indecency. His passport is held by police, he has lost his job and spent £30k in expenses and legal fees.

Dangerous UK FCO advice to Billy Barclay could have left him stuck in UAE indefinitely.

Dangerous UK FCO advice to Billy Barclay could have left him stuck in UAE indefinitely.

Press Releases   •   Oct 05, 2017 10:04 BST

Billy Barclay was warned by the British Government not to proceed with advice from Detained in Dubai. They reportedly advised him to not take his story to the media and that doing so would make matters worse. This advice is alarming, as most cases have shown that active media campaigning has proved to be sometimes the only way innocent people detained in the UAE can gain their freedom.

Scottish family man Billy Barclay,  accused of passing fake banknote, set to be released from UAE this evening.

Scottish family man Billy Barclay, accused of passing fake banknote, set to be released from UAE this evening.

Press Releases   •   Oct 04, 2017 15:55 BST

3 British Nationals arrested in 3 months in Europe on Interpol notices issued by UAE banks for minor unpaid credit card or loan payments

3 British Nationals arrested in 3 months in Europe on Interpol notices issued by UAE banks for minor unpaid credit card or loan payments

Press Releases   •   Sep 25, 2017 15:23 BST

Interpol is allowing itself to be illegally used as a debt collection agency by UAE banks. The UAE is a generous contributor to Interpol's coffers, having pledged $54 million in 2016. Brits who miss a credit card or loan payment and leave the country have their debt falsely classified as fraud by the UAE so they can list the defaulter with Interpol for the purposes of extradition.

Former Leeds United GM, solicitor and businessman David Haigh gives evidence to the United nations over his torture in UAE jails

Former Leeds United GM, solicitor and businessman David Haigh gives evidence to the United nations over his torture in UAE jails

Press Releases   •   Sep 21, 2017 11:47 BST

​Former Leeds United Football Club Managing Director David Haigh today spoke to the delegates of the United Nations 36th Human Rights conference about his personal experiences of torture and unfair trails in the UAE. David was illegally detained for 22 months during which he was tortured, beaten, and even raped.

Expats advised: Prepare properly if forced to leave debts in the UAE.

Expats advised: Prepare properly if forced to leave debts in the UAE.

Press Releases   •   Sep 19, 2017 11:16 BST

Expats in Dubai often get caught up in a nightmare of debt, thanks to unregulated credit being pushed at them every day. Missing one payment means jail, as debt is a criminal offence in the UAE (as opposed to a civil matter in the Western world.) Often people take loans in good faith but their circumstances change and they flee before being sent to jail, but their problems are far from over.

Legal professionals call for UK-UAE extradition treaty to be suspended

Legal professionals call for UK-UAE extradition treaty to be suspended

Press Releases   •   Sep 18, 2017 08:58 BST

Legal professionals, led by human rights NGO Detained In Dubai, call for the UK-UAE Extradition Treaty to be suspended after multiple UK court rulings have rejected UAE extradition requests due to the “real likelihood of human rights violations”.

LGBT community's outcry at World Coffee Championship being held in Dubai.  Organisers rethinking location.

LGBT community's outcry at World Coffee Championship being held in Dubai. Organisers rethinking location.

Press Releases   •   Sep 13, 2017 12:19 BST

Pressure from the international LGBT+ community and concerned people associated to the world of coffee leads to possible cancellation of the WCE's prestigious event being held in Dubai, where homosexuality still carries the penalty of death by stoning

Trapped as Dubai dream goes sour.  Brits stuck in homelessness nightmare surviving on handouts.

Trapped as Dubai dream goes sour. Brits stuck in homelessness nightmare surviving on handouts.

Press Releases   •   Sep 11, 2017 07:30 BST

Thousands of Brits are trapped in Dubai, forbidden to leave the country, not allowed to work, with debts they can’t pay, and the constant threat of jail hanging over them. Why? Because they missed credit card or loan payments.

 Dubai expat business community anxious over theft of foreign investments

Dubai expat business community anxious over theft of foreign investments

Press Releases   •   Sep 05, 2017 16:02 BST

The gleaming Middle Eastern city of Dubai used to be a highly desirable business destination for expats and investors alike. In the last decade, that image has been damaged by widely published cases of corruption and abuse leading to theft of foreign investment.

German medical professional warns:  “Dubai healthcare industry puts profits before patients.”

German medical professional warns: “Dubai healthcare industry puts profits before patients.”

Press Releases   •   Sep 05, 2017 15:33 BST

Following a recent controversial medical negligence case where Mediclinic in Dubai are being sued for $55m after allegations of breaching international standards in care, a senior German neurosurgeon has come forward to voice his concerns about the UAE medical industry putting profit before patients.

New powerhouse partnership to support expats in Dubai and the wider GCC

New powerhouse partnership to support expats in Dubai and the wider GCC

Press Releases   •   Sep 05, 2017 14:54 BST

Former Leeds United FC managing director and solicitor David Haigh and Radha Stirling the CEO of not for profit Detained in Dubai have joined forces to form Stirling Haigh, UAE Criminal and Civil law specialists.

Abu Dhabi transgender pair released after successful campaign by British NGO

Abu Dhabi transgender pair released after successful campaign by British NGO

Press Releases   •   Aug 30, 2017 08:39 BST

Two Singaporean crossdressers who expected to spend the next year in an Abu Dhabi prison are home today, following a campaign by British NGO, Detained in Dubai.

Edinburgh bus driver faces extradition to UAE for helping his daughter escape troubled marriage

Edinburgh bus driver faces extradition to UAE for helping his daughter escape troubled marriage

Press Releases   •   Aug 28, 2017 13:42 BST

An ailing Scottish man is facing the possibility of extradition to the United Arab Emirates because his daughter separated from her Emirati husband

Jail for cross dressers in Abu Dhabi ignites worldwide LGTB support

Jail for cross dressers in Abu Dhabi ignites worldwide LGTB support

Press Releases   •   Aug 23, 2017 13:43 BST

Two Singaporean nationals were jailed for a year each today in Abu Dhabi, causing outrage in LGTB media

UAE banks blank cheque abuse continues to shock the international banking community

UAE banks blank cheque abuse continues to shock the international banking community

Press Releases   •   Aug 13, 2017 17:25 BST

To many people , the idea of signing a blank cheque and handing it over to a partner in a business arrangement would seem unthinkable, even in countries where a cheque can easily be cancelled later. However, UAE banks still insist on pre-signed, blank cheques as security against loans, credit card defaults, mortgages or any other potential future debt.

UAE government threatens prisoners over talking to media.

UAE government threatens prisoners over talking to media.

Press Releases   •   Aug 21, 2017 16:54 BST

UAE discourages media campaigns aimed at letting the world see inside their justice system. Prisoners threatened with longer sentences and legal abuse for talking to foreign media.

Warning for British Universities against collaboration with flawed Dubai legal institutions

Warning for British Universities against collaboration with flawed Dubai legal institutions

Press Releases   •   Aug 13, 2017 19:40 BST

Prominent British lawyers concern at UK universities offering academic qualifications in collaboration with the controversial Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)

International legal community’s outrage at plan to hold 2019 World Litigation Forum in Dubai

International legal community’s outrage at plan to hold 2019 World Litigation Forum in Dubai

Press Releases   •   Aug 13, 2017 18:39 BST

Worldwide outcry among legal leaders as World Litigation Forum (WLF)’s announces their intention to hold their 5th annual event in the Middle Eastern city of Dubai

Australia to test new extradition treaty with UAE after 5 men were arrested in relation to a multi million dollar drug trafficking ring

Australia to test new extradition treaty with UAE after 5 men were arrested in relation to a multi million dollar drug trafficking ring

Press Releases   •   Aug 09, 2017 13:16 BST

The Dubai police arrested 5 men as part of an effort to destroy an international narcotics smuggling operation on Tuesday. Now the Australia-UAE extradition treaty will be put to the test, as Australia requests the extradition of the gang

Mediclinic, one of two hospitals in Dubai Healthcare City is being sued for $55,000,000  after experts concur they breached international standards of care.

Mediclinic, one of two hospitals in Dubai Healthcare City is being sued for $55,000,000 after experts concur they breached international standards of care.

Press Releases   •   Aug 08, 2017 14:35 BST

Family to sue Mediclinic for $55 million. Dubai medical negligence law spotlighted after patient left brain damaged. Will Dubai courts demand accountability in the medical community or hide mistakes in order to promote medical tourism?

Fears for safety of "feminine looking" man and transsexual friend arrested in Dubai shopping mall

Fears for safety of "feminine looking" man and transsexual friend arrested in Dubai shopping mall

Press Releases   •   Aug 22, 2017 11:54 BST

Outcry amongst the world's LGTB community as two Singaporean nationals were sentenced yesterday to 1 each year jail in a UAE desert jail. Crossdressing, transgenderism and homosexuality are still considered crimes in the United Arab Emirates, despite international pressure for reform.

Scotland's Billy Barclay who escaped Dubai comes out in support of fellow Brits still trapped there

Scotland's Billy Barclay who escaped Dubai comes out in support of fellow Brits still trapped there

News   •   Oct 07, 2017 12:46 BST

British family man Billy Barclay, who narrowly escaped jail in the UAE recently adds his voice to the International campaign to free fellow Brits held in Dubai, Jamil Mukadam and Jamie Harron. Both face jail for offences frighteningly easy for any Western visitor to fall foul of. Billy believes the FCO ought to be much more vigilant in its warnings to travellers, and helpful to those in trouble

Edinburgh family man’s detention in Dubai highlights shortcomings on UK FCO advice

Edinburgh family man’s detention in Dubai highlights shortcomings on UK FCO advice

News   •   Oct 04, 2017 11:44 BST

The recent case of the Scotsman, Billy Barclay who has been arrested and detained in Dubai for presenting one counterfeit £20 note highlights the FCO's unwillingness to properly warn visitors to the UAE of the potential dangers. The international community are shocked at the ease with which this detention was carried out and the lack of willingness by the FCO to intervene.

Anguish for Edinburgh family as innocent father held in Dubai, facing a year in jail over counterfeit money mix up

Anguish for Edinburgh family as innocent father held in Dubai, facing a year in jail over counterfeit money mix up

News   •   Oct 03, 2017 10:28 BST

A British father of two is being held in Dubai since September 15th, facing up to a year in jail for charges (of passing a counterfeit banknote) he has already been cleared of. He was arrested, investigated and released to continue his holiday. But when he returned to the UAE the following year for another holiday, a mix up in the system saw him arrested and detained. He is still being held.

Australians  disbelief to find that  former Westpac CEO Shayne Nelson is now jailing  bank customers ,  threatening Interpol red notices and illegally harassing debt victims

Australians disbelief to find that former Westpac CEO Shayne Nelson is now jailing bank customers , threatening Interpol red notices and illegally harassing debt victims

News   •   Sep 24, 2017 22:30 BST

Australian Shane Nelson was the CEO of Westpac Bank, and is now the CEO of Emirates National Bank of Dubai. He claims he wants to see debt decriminalised in the Emirates, a popular expat destination. His bank though is one of the worst abusers of criminal law in the UAE. They continue to jail debtors, illegally and aggressively harass and threaten Interpol and extradition.

Young Leicester man facing Dubai jail for "rude gesture" in traffic on his week long holiday

Young Leicester man facing Dubai jail for "rude gesture" in traffic on his week long holiday

News   •   Sep 20, 2017 09:55 BST

A 23 year old British IT specialist who works for the British government is nervously awaiting his fate after being arrested for an offensive hand gesture. Dubai traffic can be chaotic, with drivers from countries like India, Egypt and Pakistan where road order is almost non existent.

Brit and Aussie expats warned: The dangers of working in the UAE are just as great when working for your countrymen

Brit and Aussie expats warned: The dangers of working in the UAE are just as great when working for your countrymen

Blog posts   •   Oct 11, 2017 11:17 BST

The world's media has been focused on the UAE's mistreatment of tourists and visitors recently. Western expats feeling safe by working for their own countrymen and insulated from mistreatment. In fact Western owned and run companies are just as guilty of internationally unacceptable practises while operating in the UAE as anyone else.

Attempted extradition of Edinburgh bus driver highlights need for  UK to suspend treaty with UAE

Attempted extradition of Edinburgh bus driver highlights need for UK to suspend treaty with UAE

Blog posts   •   Sep 05, 2017 11:06 BST

This week, my Stirling Haigh Partner Mr David Haigh and I both attended Scotland's Edinburgh Sheriffs Court in Chambers Street to give expert evidence for the defence in a frivolous UAE initiated extradition case against an Edinburgh bus driver by his disgruntled ex son in law

Dangerous confusion over whether UK debtors are at risk of UAE Interpol Red Notices

Dangerous confusion over whether UK debtors are at risk of UAE Interpol Red Notices

Blog posts   •   Aug 24, 2017 15:22 BST

Seeking advice from forums is leaving UK debtors at risk of Interpol red notices and arrest.