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

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.

"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

"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.

German company Neuman & Esser suffering  international backlash over Managing Director  Emad Tabaza's involvement in Dubai public indecency case. Jamie Harron still facing jail in Dubai.

German company Neuman & Esser suffering international backlash over Managing Director Emad Tabaza's involvement in Dubai public indecency case. Jamie Harron still facing jail in Dubai.

Press Releases   •   Oct 14, 2017 17:14 BST

Neuman & Esser, the giant international mechanical engineering group is facing increasing public backlash over its support of its MD, who levelled the allegations against Scotsman Jamie Harron. Neuman & Esser issued a statement last week reiterating the accusations of Emad Tabaza against Jamie and adding verifably inaccurate information. Now the company is suffering the wrath of social media.

Jamil Ahmed Mukadam, 23 who was arrested allegedly making a rude gesture in traffic, has received his passport today and will fly home to England tonight.

Jamil Ahmed Mukadam, 23 who was arrested allegedly making a rude gesture in traffic, has received his passport today and will fly home to England tonight.

Press Releases   •   Oct 12, 2017 13:09 BST

Jamil Mukadam, 23, was held in Dubai for five weeks after a complaint was filed with Dubai police that he made a rude signal in traffic during a previous visit to the gulf state. Originally Jamil was facing 3 years in prison, but in a dramatic turn of events Dubai authorities have freed him, following worldwide media coverage of the story, in a campaign led by British NGO Detained In Dubai.

Dubai "public indecency" detention updates.  German company missteps in defence of complainant in Jamie Harron case

Dubai "public indecency" detention updates. German company missteps in defence of complainant in Jamie Harron case

Press Releases   •   Oct 12, 2017 12:12 BST

The German company of which the Managing Director is Emad Tabaza, the accuser in the Dubai “public indecency” case against Jamie Harron has issued its first statement on the controversy. It includes a number of erroneous claims which contradict the established facts.

Statement from Radha Stirling 17:00, 11 October 2017 re Jamie Harron

Statement from Radha Stirling 17:00, 11 October 2017 re Jamie Harron

Press Releases   •   Oct 11, 2017 16:42 BST

Jamie has 2 open cases against him in Dubai. The 1st was for brushing past a man and the second was a rude gesture + drinking alcohol. 1st is not heard yet. The 2nd was in absentia. He was sentenced to 30 days prison for the rude gesture, a 2000 AED fine (£400) + deportation. His lawyers have appealed. Jamie denies the rude gesture and indecent behaviour but admits drinking alcohol.

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.

Top UAE lawyer calls for legal reforms after recent terrifying arrests of Brits Jamie Harron, Jamil Mukadam and Billy Barclay

Top UAE lawyer calls for legal reforms after recent terrifying arrests of Brits Jamie Harron, Jamil Mukadam and Billy Barclay

Press Releases   •   Oct 09, 2017 12:18 BST

High profile arrests of British citizens for what are widely considered extremely marginal offences in Dubai have dominated media coverage for weeks. Top UAE lawyer Essam Al Tamimi has told press that the pace of legal reform is speeding up in the UAE. Detained In Dubai, the NGO campaigning for victims has expressed guarded optimism.

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.

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

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.
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.