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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.