Tag / Middle East
Briton trapped in Mallorca, Spain facing extradition proceedings to Qatar over £30k debt - Latest victim of Gulf states’ misuse of Interpol as an instrument for debt collection
Press Releases • Sep 25, 2018 14:23 BST
Steven Williams trapped in Spain awaiting extradition proceedings that may result in a decades long prison sentence in Qatar over a debt he was paying; Qatar, like the UAE, using financial aid to Interpol to turn the organisation into a tool of debt collection
Amnesty International joins Detained in Dubai, The United Nations, and Human Rights Watch in calls for Dubai Princess Latifa's freedom
Press Releases • Sep 04, 2018 12:40 BST
Detained in Dubai welcomes Amnesty International’s calls for release of Princess Latifa Al Maktoum, daughter of the Ruler of Dubai, who has been detained incommunicado for six months in the UAE after being abducted by Indian and Emirati special forces during an attempt to flee the country to seek asylum in America
British/Irish grandfather’s UAE jail nightmare after disagreement with hotel staff over visiting friend
Press Releases • Aug 22, 2018 16:18 BST
John Murphy, a 52 year old family man has already spent 6 weeks in “hellish” UAE jail after hotel staff reported him to police following argument about an “unauthorised” visit from cousin and church friend. John faces a further 3 years of captivity.
Expats shocked Qatar & UAE banks are getting away with using INTERPOL as unsuspecting debt collectors.
Press Releases • Jul 02, 2018 13:36 BST
Interpol under continued scrutiny for unfair practices as 'pay to play' member countries issue wrongful red notices.
Press Releases • Mar 16, 2018 13:34 GMT
Middle Eastern travel, investment and expat hotspot Dubai is under scrutiny for ongoing abuse of British citizens, wrongful imprisonments and human rights violations. Should Brits be putting themselves in jeopardy?
Press Releases • Feb 19, 2018 10:01 GMT
On Friday UK based NGO, Detained in Dubai, approached the UAE embassy in London with a written offer to share experience and advice regarding the alarming and seemingly indiscriminate detention of visitors in the Emirates. Detained In Dubai partner David Haigh hand delivered an open letter to the UAE embassy in London’s Belgravia.
Press Releases • Feb 15, 2018 15:04 GMT
Malaysian national Richard Lau released from nearly a year's detention without charge following media campaign and intervention by Malaysian Government
Press Releases • Jan 30, 2018 15:45 GMT
Fitness professional Jordan Branford, 44, from Eugene, Oregon in the USA used the word “bitch” on Instagram, and is now facing 7 years in a harsh, notoriously violent desert jail. In the Middle Eastern state of Dubai, “bitch” can be interpreted as an offensive word, even when not directed at a specific person; and in the UAE is subject to criminal sanctions.
Press Releases • Jan 11, 2018 11:34 GMT
Visitors to Dubai at “great risk” of being jailed under “cybercrime laws” that affect whatsapp, facebook, twitter.
Press Releases • Jan 10, 2018 11:13 GMT
Brit Jonathan Castle one of thousands stuck in Dubai homelessness nightmare surviving on handouts because of unpayable debt in UAE.
Press Releases • Jan 08, 2018 07:45 GMT
Jonathan Castle moved to the UAE for the tax free earning opportunities. After getting into debt he is now stuck, apparently forever in Dubai. Not allowed to work, not allowed to leave until paying his debt. And no money to pay the debt unless he is allowed to work. 61 and homeless, his health is failing, his marriage is under strain and his savings all gone
Free! Perry Coppins, Brit cancer victim detained in Dubai freed after media campaign by British NGO detained in Dubai
Press Releases • Jan 07, 2018 14:37 GMT
Perry Coppins, the 61 year old Brit facing years in jail for being in possession of his own anti depressant medication at Fujairah, UAE, has been freed after a worldwide media campaign launched by Detained In Dubai.
Connor Clements, Brit jailed in Dubai for medical marijuana taken in UK, already detained over the holidays. Finds out in February if he will have to serve 2 year sentence in Middle Eastern Jail.
Press Releases • Jan 05, 2018 08:03 GMT
Connor Clements, a young British man who was arrested in the UAE for traces of medical marijuana that were left in his system after legally taking it in the UK, has been dealt another blow. His appeal ruling has been rescheduled from the 21st of December to February. Only then will he find out if he faces the next 4 years in jail
61 year old British cancer victim jailed in Dubai for his prescription anxiety meds. Facing 4 year sentence for possession of antidepressants which are actually legal in the UAE.
Press Releases • Jan 04, 2018 17:53 GMT
A 61 year old British man has been arrested in the United Arab Emirates for anti-anxiety medication that is legal in the UAE with prescription because a customs officer believed he had ‘too many pills’. Perry only had enough to last him for his 6 month voyage at sea; but to no avail. Perry is now detained in Dubai and denied not only his medication, but even treatment for his prostate cancer.
Press Releases • Dec 29, 2017 19:55 GMT
If someone was given a 37 years prison sentence in Europe or the UK you’d expect them to be a violent criminal. This is not the case in Qatar as horrified British businessman Jonathan Nash has discovered.. He has been given essentially life imprisonment for nothing more than bounced cheques
Asa Hutchinson, British girl facing years in prison in Dubai for “witnessing someone else’s crime” was given choice of “signing legal documents written only in Arabic, or go straight to jail.”
Press Releases • Dec 29, 2017 13:06 GMT
Asa Hutchinson, the British girl facing jail in Dubai for the crime of being a witness to a scuffle in a hotel lobby tells of her distress over the possibility of years in jail.
Family of Ras Al Khaimah prisoner Richard Lau just want him “home for Chinese New Year.” Investors cautioned over UAE’s “archaic legal system”.
Press Releases • Dec 27, 2017 08:16 GMT
Malaysian citizen Richard Lau has been detained in the UAE for almost a year for receiving wages. He has been detained pending investigation, with his detention regularly being renewed as the Ras Al Khaimah authorities have not been able to find or produce evidence to charge him with any crime. He is paradoxically being detained precisely because there is not evidence to justify his detention.
Free after 2 long years! Mentally ill American stroke victim held hostage in UAE over debts, finally released, following campaign by Detained In Dubai.
Press Releases • Dec 20, 2017 14:46 GMT
David Oliver, the American University professor who was held hostage for 2 years in Dubai over personal debts he was unable to pay, is finally heading home thanks to human rights NGO Detained in Dubai. He got on a flight at 2:50am this morning and arrives at Dallas later on today where loving sister Beverly Thornton will be waiting to greet him.
Flaw in Dubai legal system leaving British visitors vulnerable. Asa Hutchinson case only the tip of the iceberg
Press Releases • Dec 17, 2017 15:00 GMT
British National Asa Hutchinson is not alone in being charged with a crime for being in the vicinity of the alleged incident. In the confusion of a crime report, it is common for victims to accuse all members of a party and in many cases, even witnesses are dragged through the judicial system.
Press Releases • Dec 17, 2017 14:32 GMT
Edinburgh father Billy Barclay made worldwide headlines in September this year when he was detained for months in Dubai over an alleged fake £20 note. The case was dropped but Billy was held in Ras al Khamaih, away from his family. He spent his family’s life savings on legal and living expenses, before the British NGO Detained In Dubai secured his release via a worldwide media campaign.