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Family fearful as British veteran Andy Neal is moved to Abu Dhabi facing life in prison

Family fearful as British veteran Andy Neal is moved to Abu Dhabi facing life in prison

Press Releases   •   Mar 18, 2019 08:59 GMT

​Moved to Abu Dhabi: Decorated veteran Andy Neal has been held in Dubai prison for over five months on allegations of selling drugs. The police investigation showed no evidence of any such crime, and the witness confirmed that it was not Andy he spoke of, when he made a statement.

 “Brits - Please support veteran Andy Neal & Stop Visiting Dubai!” - desperate father pleads

“Brits - Please support veteran Andy Neal & Stop Visiting Dubai!” - desperate father pleads

Press Releases   •   Mar 07, 2019 13:23 GMT

Nightmare ongoing for army veteran Andy Neal and his increasingly distressed family who are calling for Brits to stand up for Andy and boycott Dubai

​Australia’s Four Corners to air harrowing story of Princess Latifa’s doomed escape

​Australia’s Four Corners to air harrowing story of Princess Latifa’s doomed escape

Press Releases   •   Mar 07, 2019 12:59 GMT

Four Corners to broadcast "Escape from Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess" which details the events surrounding the case and presents an objective and disturbing picture of the United Arab Emirates which profoundly contradicts the carefully crafted image of the country as a modern, liberal Arab nation

MOU reveals UK-UAE collusion in covering up abuses as Britons languish in Dubai jails

MOU reveals UK-UAE collusion in covering up abuses as Britons languish in Dubai jails

Press Releases   •   Mar 04, 2019 12:25 GMT

Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and UAE designed to improve British public perception of the Emirates is a cause for concern on human rights

Former MP and Shadow Homeland Security Spokesman, Colonel Patrick Mercer, joins the outcry over the unjust jailing of former Corporal Andrew Neal in Dubai

Former MP and Shadow Homeland Security Spokesman, Colonel Patrick Mercer, joins the outcry over the unjust jailing of former Corporal Andrew Neal in Dubai

Press Releases   •   Mar 04, 2019 12:09 GMT

Colonel Patrick Mercer, former commanding officer of Brit soldier unjustly jailed in Dubai joins outcry over his incarceration.

​Can football resolve the feud between Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia?

​Can football resolve the feud between Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia?

Blog posts   •   Feb 28, 2019 11:19 GMT

The ongoing dispute between Gulf neighbours Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia (with a variety of other countries allied to one side or the other), has become increasingly disruptive and dangerous; even victimising disinterested foreign visitors to the Gulf as the rivals ramp up pressure tactics against each other.

Army friends rally support for Andy Neal as Dubai prosecutors claim decision on release will come Thursday

Army friends rally support for Andy Neal as Dubai prosecutors claim decision on release will come Thursday

Press Releases   •   Feb 19, 2019 10:36 GMT

Army friends rally support for Andy Neal as Dubai prosecutors claim decision on release will come Thursday. A 44 year old British family man, war hero and PTSD sufferer is trapped in jail in the UAE on charges of being a drugs kingpin, despite the prosecutors admitting there is no evidence against him.

Brit war hero and father of 2  jailed since October after shameful Dubai police misconduct

Brit war hero and father of 2 jailed since October after shameful Dubai police misconduct

Press Releases   •   Feb 13, 2019 10:02 GMT

Englishman Andy Neal, 44, has been wrongfully detained in Dubai since the 4th of October 2018 after police seized him from his home one evening. Prosecutors have since realised Andy is innocent but continue to hold him in Dubai’s central prison as the lead prosecutor reportedly seeks promotion.

Dubai’s primitive justice system leaves fitness instructor jailed in “medievally cruel” prison without evidence

Dubai’s primitive justice system leaves fitness instructor jailed in “medievally cruel” prison without evidence

Press Releases   •   Feb 12, 2019 19:21 GMT

Artur Ligęska is being held in cruel conditions on no more than an apparent accusation. This is yet another high profile case of police misconduct & evidentiary failings causing the detention of innocent foreigners in the gulf state.

Following Rahaf’s escape from Saudi, Hind Al-Bolooki appoints Radha Stirling to help her escape the UAE

Following Rahaf’s escape from Saudi, Hind Al-Bolooki appoints Radha Stirling to help her escape the UAE

Press Releases   •   Feb 12, 2019 16:59 GMT

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai and UAE country expert witness, spoke with Hind Al-Bolooki from detention in Macedonia, pledging to help her secure freedom from abuse and provide expert testimony for her asylum application.

Foreign Investors in Ras Al Khaimah & UAE face jail, Interpol, corruption & business theft

Foreign Investors in Ras Al Khaimah & UAE face jail, Interpol, corruption & business theft

Press Releases   •   Feb 11, 2019 18:26 GMT

UAE Investment: With an increasing focus on diversifying the economy beyond a dependency on oil revenues, investment projects abound in every sector; and consequently, incidences of fraud, breach of trust, embezzlement, extortion, and fabricated criminal cases against foreigners have increased rapidly in recent years.

Emirati woman’s asylum plea must be taken as seriously as Rahaf Mohammed

Emirati woman’s asylum plea must be taken as seriously as Rahaf Mohammed

Blog posts   •   Feb 11, 2019 15:34 GMT

​An Emirati woman who fled the UAE has been denied asylum in Macedonia and faces extradition, though she claims she has suffered serious human rights violations by her family, and will likely be severely punished for her escape.

Now Hakeem is free, legal action against Interpol is a must

Now Hakeem is free, legal action against Interpol is a must

Press Releases   •   Feb 11, 2019 14:34 GMT

Hakeem Alaraibi's detention in Thailand highlights Interpol Abuse and the need for legal accountability from the data sharing organisation

Conditions in UAE detention for jailed Brit revealed Stirling: ‘Abuse is commonplace’ in Sharjah facility where Ali Ahmad is held

Conditions in UAE detention for jailed Brit revealed Stirling: ‘Abuse is commonplace’ in Sharjah facility where Ali Ahmad is held

Press Releases   •   Feb 08, 2019 12:17 GMT

Prison conditions Ali Ahmad faces in the UAE are described “We have a very precise understanding of what Ali is going through. The situation in UAE detention centres is bleak, and particularly so in Sharjah, a less developed emirate in the country with an even more regressive attitude towards human rights.”

UAE authorities coercing Brit to plead guilty following arrest over Qatar t-shirt assault

UAE authorities coercing Brit to plead guilty following arrest over Qatar t-shirt assault

Press Releases   •   Feb 07, 2019 13:48 GMT

Following an extended telephone conversation with Ali Issa Ahmad's close friend in the UK, Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, has taken on the case of the young Briton jailed in the UAE over a Qatar football jersey.

UAE response to detention of football fan abroad highlights ongoing abuse of British tourists

UAE response to detention of football fan abroad highlights ongoing abuse of British tourists

Press Releases   •   Feb 06, 2019 12:08 GMT

UAE government attempts to change the media narrative in cases where British nationals have been unfairly detained

Brit football fan arrested in Dubai for wearing Qatar football top - FCO needs to increase UAE travel warnings!

Brit football fan arrested in Dubai for wearing Qatar football top - FCO needs to increase UAE travel warnings!

Press Releases   •   Feb 05, 2019 14:28 GMT

​British citizen Ali Issa Ahmad has been arrested in the UAE for wearing a Qatar national football team shirt, and potentially faces a 15 year jail term and a fine of over Dh500,000.

“Bahrain seeks to punish Hakeem through extradition process and show strength to gulf allies” - Radha Stirling

“Bahrain seeks to punish Hakeem through extradition process and show strength to gulf allies” - Radha Stirling

Press Releases   •   Feb 01, 2019 10:35 GMT

Bahrain pushes Hakeem through formal extradition proceedings in Thailand, spotlighting serious flaws with Interpol policy, international extradition standards, human rights treaties and gulf nation’s misuse of foreign legal process as a means to intimidate, harass and show their power.

Detained in Dubai calls upon Australian business support for Hakeem Alaraibi, facing extradition to Bahrain

Detained in Dubai calls upon Australian business support for Hakeem Alaraibi, facing extradition to Bahrain

Press Releases   •   Jan 28, 2019 09:50 GMT

Radha Stirling has contacted members of the Australia-Thailand Chamber of Commerce to urge their support for the release of Hakeem Alarabi; says the case carries far-reaching implications for expat community

“Bahrain assurances on Hakeem’s safety if extradited are not to be trusted” says Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai

“Bahrain assurances on Hakeem’s safety if extradited are not to be trusted” says Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai

Press Releases   •   Jan 28, 2019 08:35 GMT

Radha Stirling, founder and CEO of Detained in Dubai, is a leading voice against Interpol abuse and for the universal inclusion of human rights provisions in extradition procedures around the world. She warns that the “assurances” coming from Bahrain regarding Hakeem Alaraibi should be immediately dismissed.