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Brit Jonathan Castle one of thousands stuck in Dubai  homelessness nightmare surviving on handouts because of unpayable debt in UAE.

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

UAE still ill treating detained Scotsman Billy Barclay, even after his return to the UK

UAE still ill treating detained Scotsman Billy Barclay, even after his return to the UK

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.

Man detained in Dubai for "making too much money."

Man detained in Dubai for "making too much money."

Press Releases   •   Dec 06, 2017 09:43 GMT

Richard Lau was arrested last April with several others, based on accusations from an Emirati businessman that Richard’s salary and commissions constitute embezzlement from his company. Despite no evidence of wrongdoing, Richard’s detention is extended every two weeks as the Public Prosecutor requests more time to investigate. Every accused party has been released while Richard stays in jail.

Inside Detained In Dubai, the NGO representing Asa Hutchinson, and who secured the release from Dubai of Jamie Harron, Billy Barclay and Jamil Mukadam.  The CEO and founder, Radha Stirling talks candidly.

Inside Detained In Dubai, the NGO representing Asa Hutchinson, and who secured the release from Dubai of Jamie Harron, Billy Barclay and Jamil Mukadam. The CEO and founder, Radha Stirling talks candidly.

News   •   Dec 04, 2017 08:00 GMT

Recent world news has been full of high profile cases involving Brits and other expats treated inhumanely by Dubai's immature legal system. Torture, disproportionate punishments, Interpol abuse over minor debts and detention of unsuspecting tourists. One organisation is always there, fighting to get justice and fair treatment for the victims. A look behind the scenes of Detained In Dubai.

​Scottish court denies UAE extradition request of Edinburgh bus driver following expert testimony from Detained In Dubai’s Radha Stirling.​

​Scottish court denies UAE extradition request of Edinburgh bus driver following expert testimony from Detained In Dubai’s Radha Stirling.​

Press Releases   •   Nov 17, 2017 16:47 GMT

Detained in Dubai applauded Scotland’s decision today to refuse extradition of their client Garrett Black to the United Arab Emirates, following the organisation’s involvement in the case. Garrett Black, a bus driver from Edinburgh, found himself fighting an extradition request for "breach of trust" by former UAE son in law, apparently as a result of a domestic dispute with Garrett’s daughter.

Another Scottish victim of the UAE legal system comes forward - "2 years detained in Dubai for a £2 taxi fare mix up"

Another Scottish victim of the UAE legal system comes forward - "2 years detained in Dubai for a £2 taxi fare mix up"

Press Releases   •   Nov 01, 2017 13:25 GMT

"2 years UAE detention for £2 taxi fare." After the recent cases of Jamie Harron and Billy Barclay, another Scotsman has come forward to speak about his own Middle East nightmare. 46-year-old businessman and politician David Ballantine, reportedly lost his life savings after being detained in the UAE for 2 years after a mixup with a £2 taxi payment.

Ruler of Dubai exonerates Jamie Harron

Ruler of Dubai exonerates Jamie Harron

Press Releases   •   Oct 23, 2017 11:29 BST

With the help of Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Jamie Harron has been freed, his passport returned and charges against him dropped.

Scotsman Jamie Harron sentenced today to 3 months in Dubai jail for brushing up against man in crowded bar

Scotsman Jamie Harron sentenced today to 3 months in Dubai jail for brushing up against man in crowded bar

Press Releases   •   Oct 22, 2017 13:59 BST

​Jamie Harron sentenced to 3 months imprisonment for brushing the hip of an Arab at the Rock Bottom bar in Dubai. Witnesses to the incident were not called to testify to discredit the allegations brought by Emad Tabaza, the MD of Neuman & Esser. Jamie will appeal the verdict, though this will prolong his difficult circumstances in Dubai, and compound the financial losses he has suffered.

Jamie Harron has no court date for rude gesture charge.  Parents to visit Jamie in Dubai but risk criminal charges under UAE cybercrime laws.

Jamie Harron has no court date for rude gesture charge. Parents to visit Jamie in Dubai but risk criminal charges under UAE cybercrime laws.

Press Releases   •   Oct 17, 2017 13:44 BST

Jamie Harron has been stuck in Dubai for over 5 months, following allegations of brushing past a German man in a crowded bar. Neuman & Esser’s MD Mr Emad Tabaza accused Jamie of indecent behaviour and a “rude gesture”. On someone’s word in the UAE, police have arrested Jamie. Harron has been waiting for almost half a year for a court hearing and faces years in prison if found guilty.

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.