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

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

UAE banks blank cheque abuse continues to shock the international banking community

UAE banks blank cheque abuse continues to shock the international banking community

Press Releases   •   Aug 13, 2017 17:25 BST

To many people , the idea of signing a blank cheque and handing it over to a partner in a business arrangement would seem unthinkable, even in countries where a cheque can easily be cancelled later. However, UAE banks still insist on pre-signed, blank cheques as security against loans, credit card defaults, mortgages or any other potential future debt.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

Paralysed British stroke victim “held hostage” in Dubai over business debt.

Paralysed British stroke victim “held hostage” in Dubai over business debt.

Press Releases   •   Dec 06, 2017 09:46 GMT

71 year Malcolm Munroe, hospitalised after suffering a stroke in 2013 left him paralysed and bedridden, unable to move except for blinking. A string of misfortunes left him with debts he can never pay. Dubai’s legal system treats Malcolm as a criminal, detained until his debts are paid and he completes a 3 year jail sentence. Malcolm has no chance to pay those debts or survive the sentence.

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

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.

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.

Shock at eight month “spite jailing” of Malaysian national Richard Lau.  Imprisoned in Dubai for receiving his wages.

Shock at eight month “spite jailing” of Malaysian national Richard Lau. Imprisoned in Dubai for receiving his wages.

Press Releases   •   Dec 08, 2017 10:42 GMT

Innocent Malaysian jailed 8 months in Dubai for being paid his wages. The project director was caught in the crossfire of an argument between the Emirati owner of the subsidiary and the parent company. One party argued that the work was not approved, and so any wages paid were deemed to be "stolen." The workers had no idea about the dispute and thought they were working/being paid as normal.

​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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.