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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

Thailand human rights progress in question as Australia seeks protection from extradition for footballer Hakeem Alaraibi

Thailand human rights progress in question as Australia seeks protection from extradition for footballer Hakeem Alaraibi

Press Releases   •   Jan 23, 2019 11:55 GMT

The arrest and detention of refugee Hakeem Alaraibi and Thai authorities’ consideration of an extradition request from Bahrain is not helping the global image of Thailand, and causes grave doubts about the country’s transition to democracy.

Australia & FIFA must pressure Interpol, Thailand & Bahrain to secure pro footballer's freedom

Australia & FIFA must pressure Interpol, Thailand & Bahrain to secure pro footballer's freedom

Press Releases   •   Dec 23, 2018 08:16 GMT

​Detention of Bahraini/Australian resident and pro footballer Hakeem AlAraibi in Thailand highlights Gulf state Interpol abuse. Extradition request by Bahrain against refugee who fled torture and political persecution exposes the trend of Interpol abuse by Gulf Arab countries who use financial contributions to influence the organisation’s procedures; Australia must intervene

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

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

Brit alleged missing after Dubai rules extradition to India in apparent reciprocation for India’s role in kidnapping of Sheikha Latifa

Brit alleged missing after Dubai rules extradition to India in apparent reciprocation for India’s role in kidnapping of Sheikha Latifa

Press Releases   •   Sep 19, 2018 10:58 BST

UAE apparently expediting extradition of Briton in an exchange of political favours with India in wake of Latifa abduction

​Asa Hutchinson convicted in absentia, sentenced to 3 months in Dubai jail after witnessing brawl

​Asa Hutchinson convicted in absentia, sentenced to 3 months in Dubai jail after witnessing brawl

Press Releases   •   Sep 18, 2018 12:06 BST

A Dubai court sentenced Briton Asa Hutchinson in absentia for being a witness to an alleged assault. Her testimony was dismissed, and she was denied the right to defend herself in court. The UAE frequently commits such violations of basic due process.

​British National facing extrajudicial extradition as UAE and India trade favours in wake of Latifa abduction

​British National facing extrajudicial extradition as UAE and India trade favours in wake of Latifa abduction

Press Releases   •   Jul 23, 2018 13:45 BST

Briton Christian Michel may be denied due process as Indian officials press UAE for extradition in gratitude for India’s collaboration in the capture of Princess Latifa

Christian Elombo freed as UAE drops Interpol case for helping Princess Latifa escape

Christian Elombo freed as UAE drops Interpol case for helping Princess Latifa escape

Press Releases   •   May 17, 2018 19:56 BST

Christian Elombo released after Interpol entertained extradition request by UAE over false charges of kidnapping which the UAE was forced to drop

​2 more “Interpol Abuse” victims removed from Interpol, as UAE continues reporting debts as fraud

​2 more “Interpol Abuse” victims removed from Interpol, as UAE continues reporting debts as fraud

Press Releases   •   Feb 26, 2018 17:44 GMT

Detained in Dubai announced the removal of two Interpol notices last week. In both cases, the reports should never have been issued in the first place and are the result of the systematic abuse of Interpol’s database by the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries.

Dubai bank  raises Interpol Red Notice for bounced cheque leading to arrest of expat customer now facing extradition proceedings in Europe

Dubai bank raises Interpol Red Notice for bounced cheque leading to arrest of expat customer now facing extradition proceedings in Europe

Press Releases   •   Feb 22, 2018 09:57 GMT

Dubai bank, during active negotiations, secretly raised an #INTERPOL red notice against an expat customer for a bounced cheque, resulting in his subsequent arrest in Europe.

Distraught father pleas for IBM exec to drop charges against innocent daughter Asa Hutchinson
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

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.

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.

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.

Free after 2 long years!  Mentally ill American stroke victim held hostage in UAE over debts, finally released, following campaign by Detained In Dubai.

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.

Mentally ill American stroke victim "held hostage" in Dubai over missed debt instalments that he can never pay.

Mentally ill American stroke victim "held hostage" in Dubai over missed debt instalments that he can never pay.

Press Releases   •   Nov 27, 2017 14:00 GMT

​David Oliver, an American former university professor is a stroke victim with mental health issues. David lost his job teaching in the UAE and was left unable to keep up his loan payments. Now, at the age of 62, he has no money to pay, can't get another job in the UAE (ironically because of the police case against him for missing loan payments), and is forbidden to leave the UAE ever again

​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.

Dubai releases Brit under international media pressure,  but secretly place him on Interpol watch list.

Dubai releases Brit under international media pressure, but secretly place him on Interpol watch list.

Press Releases   •   Nov 06, 2017 15:40 GMT

Jamil Mukadam one of the many recent high profile Brits detained in Dubai for seemingly trivial offences has been released, but the UAE has not done so in good grace. Mukadam was told by his management that although, under worldwide pressure, the Dubai authorities let him go they have also secretly placed on an Interpol watch list, meaning his UK government job is at risk.

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.

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.