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Distraught father pleas for IBM exec to drop charges against innocent daughter Asa Hutchinson
Visitors to Dubai at “great risk” of being jailed under “cybercrime laws” that affect whatsapp, facebook, twitter.
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

Free!  Perry Coppins, Brit cancer victim detained in Dubai freed after media campaign by British NGO detained in Dubai

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.

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.

BRIT JONATHAN NASH FACES LIFE IN QATAR PRISON FOR BOUNCED CHEQUES

BRIT JONATHAN NASH FACES LIFE IN QATAR PRISON FOR BOUNCED CHEQUES

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.”

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”.

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.

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

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.

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.

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Malaysian government needs to support Richard Lau, imprisoned in UAE without charge for receiving his wages. Detained in Dubai calls on Malaysian officials to pressure the UAE government to bail Richard Lau immediately

Press Releases   •   Dec 17, 2017 10:42 GMT

Richard’s lengthy detention without charge shocks Malaysian and Chinese nationals who had felt that the UAE was a safe place to work and invest in. Detained in Dubai has dealt with thousands of similar cases over the past decade, which weren't published in the media. Professionals and investors rethinking involvement in a country whose judicial system is so volatile and open to abuse.

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.

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.

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.

Young British girl facing jail in Dubai for witnessing argument in hotel lobby,  as actual suspects flee the country.

Young British girl facing jail in Dubai for witnessing argument in hotel lobby, as actual suspects flee the country.

Press Releases   •   Nov 29, 2017 08:00 GMT

21 year old Asa Hutchinson tells Detained in Dubai she was leaving a brunch with a group of visiting friends when she witnessed an argument between some boys who were in her party and an older, drunk man who had been asleep on a couch in the hotel lobby. Since then, all of the visitors have left the UAE, but expat Asa , a "quiet, sensible girl" has been charged by the man and faces jail in Dubai.

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.