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    • Criminal Complaint filed against Al Fajer Properties Sheikh Maktoum
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    • UAE: Human Rights Blogger, Sorbonne Lecturer Charged With ‘Humiliating' Officials
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    • Nakheel Dubai Sunland Case
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    • Dubai Palm Jumeriah - Investors plan to take legal action
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Dubai property market turned into a nightmare for Marcus Lee

Posted by 7starsdubai on August 28, 2014


A dream job in the Dubai property market turned into a nightmare for Marcus Lee when he was imprisoned on a false bribery charge. In a new book, he describes how he survived five years of living hell, sustained by the support of his wife.

Extract of the Book:

JULIE: I spoke to Matt Joyce’s wife, Ange. She said she had a number for Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the chairman of Dubai World, Nakheel’s parent company, and she would call him to try to get information. She seemed just as mystified as I was.

MARCUS: On the night of January 28, Matt and I were put in the back of a blacked-out 4WD. We started to ask each other questions when one of the Emiratis said, “No talking.” Speaking in a low murmur, I said I was totally confused. Matt dropped a bombshell. He said, “I helped this company open up a trust account.” I said, “What? Which company?” He said, “I helped Prudentia to open up an escrow account, because they couldn’t open up a bank account in Dubai.”

 

Continue reading original source Sydney Morning Herald

or go to the Facebook account of Marcus Lee

 

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Briton caught selling cannabis worth just £250 sentenced to death in Abu Dhabi UAE

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 27, 2012


Detained in Dubai responds and calls for governments to act and warn their citizens

“We are very deeply saddened by today’s news reports,” said Radha Stirling, a lawyer who founded the group Detained in Dubai to help foreigners arrested in the UAE for a variety of offences from bouncing cheques to “indecency in public places”, all of which can carry jail terms. “Unfortunately, we are not surprised given the shocking developments regarding reports of police action and the state of the country’s judicial system over recent years.

A 21 year old British Citizen and a 19 year old Syrian have been sentenced to death in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE following a police sting operation that lead to them being charged with selling drugs, to the value of £260.

The mother of the British man collapsed outside the courtroom after the sentencing and was supported by the Syrian’s mother.

There is the opportunity to appeal this decision and we expect to hear further news in the next two weeks, the time in which an appeal must be lodged.

If the sentencing is upheld on appeal, the method of execution in the United Arab Emirates is usually by Firing Squad.

Radha Stirling, Founder of Detained in Dubai:

“We are very deeply saddened by today’s news reports of a 21-year-old Briton sentenced to death in the UAE. Unfortunately, however, we are not surprised given the shocking developments regarding reports of police action and the state of the country’s judicial system over recent years. In response to this news in particularly, we call on national governments, including the UK, to finally take decisive action and properly warn their citizens about the real risks of visiting the UAE.”

“We call on the UK and other national governments to immediately initiate a communications campaign to adequately and properly warn their citizens of the unusual and unexpected risks of stopping over, vacationing, doing business, investing, etc. in the UAE until the country modernises its laws— to parallel the country’s initiatives to desperately attract foreign visitors, vacationers, employees, etc. Until then, we advise all foreign nationals to avoid travel to and through the UAE, because the risks are simply not worth it.”

“The proposed communications campaign would properly aim to balance the massively funded media relations campaigns over recent years, as journalists are well aware, publicising the ‘biggest, brightest, most expensive’ to attract international attention. With even Western celebrities promoting their brands in partnership as well as big business— travel, lifestyle, sports, etc., even arts and culture— others have been influenced by the massive publicity perceiving the UAE as a suitable and safe destination. We receive countless calls weekly from various people from all walks of life caught out in the UAE, some in ways they had never even imagined.”

These include but are not limited to:

1.  Pharmaceutical drugs found in blood tests such as painkillers

2.  Wrongful accusations of drug consumption without evidence

3.  Poppy seeds on the bottom of shoe from bread roll

4.  Breach of Decency charges based on clothing

5.  Imprisonment after kissing on the cheek

6.  Swearing

7.  Being drunk in public, without evidence

8.  Bouncing a cheque

9.  Credit card payment issues and other debt

10. Breach of Trust without sufficient evidence

“We are grateful to any news organizations and journalists to help get the word out on a consistent basis until every person from all walks of life, especially impressionable youth, are fully aware of the realities and risks of visiting the UAE.”

Contact Radha Stirling +34 693467906

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Radha Stirling and Matthias Arend join prison Hunger Strikers in Dubai UAE

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 23, 2012


Radha Stirling and colleague join foreigners convicted of financial crimes without the ability to present a legal defence.

UAE convicts Safi Qarashi, Peter Margetts, Christopher Renehan, Zack Shahin and Olivier Loeb are amongst the many prisoners hunger striking in UAE prisons.  They are protesting the injustices of the legal system when dealing particularly with financial crimes.  Even where the evidence clearly proves innocence, prosecutions are still successful and sentences extremely lengthy in comparison to international standards.

In cases where a security cheque is wrongfully presented and even where it is post dated, the circumstances are not taken into consideration by the Courts and one will be automatically issued with a lengthy prison sentence of three years per cheque.  In many cases, this has amounted to an effective life sentence.  In most other countries, these matters would be considered by civil courts and would not be criminalised.  We are now encouraging the UAE to seriously review the laws in relation to bounced cheques particularly but also to review the criminal law procedures overall so that it eventually becomes possible to encounter a fair trial whereby actual evidence is properly considered by the Courts.

We are therefore supporting all prisoners in the UAE who are presently on hunger strike by submitting to it ourselves.

We hope that the severity of the hunger strikes proves enough incentive to review the laws in relation to bounced cheques and other financial crimes.

Form more Information : Join the group  Hunger Strike in UAE – Innocent people in Jail  on Facebook

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British Burj Al Arab Tourist beaten to Death in a Dubai police station

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 14, 2011


Dubai Burj Al Arab

A British tourist was beaten to death by officers in a Dubai police station after being arrested for swearing, it was

Dubai British Tourist beaten to death at Police stationclaimed yesterday.

Lee Bradley Brown, 39, was on holiday at a £1,000-a-night hotel in the Arab state when he was thrown into a filthy cell.

Police sources say he was ‘badly beaten up’ by a group of police officers, leaving him unconscious on the floor.

Inmates told how they watched officers bundle him into a body-bag and drag him out of the building.

During Mr Brown’s six days in Bur Dubai police station, guards refused to give him enough food and water and did not let him see a lawyer, it is alleged.

His sister learned about the attack when she received a phone call from an inmate on Sunday, claiming her brother had been beaten.

The prisoner found her phone number on a photocopy of her brother’s passport which had been left behind in the cell.

She contacted the British Embassy in Dubai, and on Monday an official was sent to visit Mr Brown at the police station.

But the official was turned away by an officer who claimed Mr Brown did not want to see him and had ‘declined consular assistance’.

source continue reading Daily Mail

or The SUN

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UAE human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor detained after death threats

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 10, 2011


Duba April 9, 2011 – Ahmed Mansoor, Human Rights Activist and Blogger from the United Arab Emirates , was taken from his apartment in Dubai on Friday April 8, 2011 afternoon,  he has not been heard from since he was taken from his Dubai apartment Friday, his wife said.

Twitter Account of Ahmed Mansoor

CNN report that Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, the commander-in-chief of Dubai police, said he was not aware whether Mansoor had been arrested, but promised to look into it.

The last posts  from the Website and the Twitter Account of Ahmed Mansoor

Came up to me at 3:50 They came to take me in at 3:50 am

April 8, 2011

The security guard of my building came to my apartment at 3:50 am few minutes ago. I could tell immediately that there is something wrong. i reluctantly opened and asked him what? he said there are three policemen waiting for you in the main entrance, i told him are you sure they are policemen? he said yes. they told me to tell to go and see them down, i told him what they need? he said they say something related to the car. i told him then send them up to my apartment. closed the door and called Dubai police immediately, and i told him the story that i was told by the guard, and i told them that i have been receiving death threats and that i can not go down like this. they told me you are right and we will send some one to check, stay home. after minutes somebody from Dubai police called me from his mobile and asked me guide him to the place, i did, he told me i will call you back.

he called me back after minutes telling that they are suspecting your car and would like to take it. i told him if they want to take the car they can do that in the morning, not 2:50 am. or they are the State Security making their old trick i further said. he said now will you come down or not? i told him if they want the car they can take it, he said what about your belongings, i said there is nothing valuable there, they can take it.

this method is well known method of the State Security because they do not have an arrest warrant, they make such tricks to bring you down and take you. i’m ready to go, but they should either do it the right way or by force.

I refused to go down from my apartment and started writing this email. not sure if they took the car or not, i will not soon know. the scenario is that if they take it, they can put whatever they like inside and make a case against me. i’m declaring here that my car is clean of unlawful material, it has a swiss style knife that put there today after receiving 6 death threats and some papers of no great importance.

 

Regards,

Ahmed Mansoor

________________________

Death threats against me and on the verge of dismissal from work

Ahmed Mansoor wrote April  7, 2011

Dear all,

I would like to inform you all that I’m facing an unprecedented campaign against me, the result, until yesterday, before the middle of the night, six clear and direct death threats with their real names, phone numbers and some were using their real photos in their facebook profile. They were all UAE citizens and belong to the tribe called ”Al Mazrouei”. The Campaigns and the outrageous insults against me by some individuals were posted in the blogs, Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry.  All this campaign came after we posted the petition dircted to the head of state and rulers of the Emirates calling for reform in the FNC (the parliament) to extend legislative and regulatory power to it, and after our appearance in some media channels talking about these demands, revolutions in the region, and implications the sensitive time in the region. The strange matter is that most of those who death threatened me declared their full names, phone numbers and some were using their real photos apparently in their facebook profile!

Post by Ahmed Mansoor Dubai from his Website

additionally, Etisalat (the Teleocom provider), which owns the largest share in my company that I work for (Thuraya Teleocm. Comp.) decided suddenly that they need to move Ahmed Masnoor, to work in their group subsidiary in Paksitan. Although I have no relation with Etisalat whatsoever and my contract is directly with Thuraya and Thuraya does not have an office in Pakistan or elsewhere other than UAE.

I still do not understand under what legal stand does Etisalat order Thuraya to take this action.  Management in my company (Chief Human Resource Officer first, then CEO the same day – yesterday, 6 April 2011) told me that the matter is not in their hand and they have no control over it.

There was no doubt in my mind that the matter was an order from the State Security to find a mechanism to get rid of me.

They would get rid of me in all cases in a politically correct way, if I accept, I go to Pakistan, if I don’t I will be fired.

I certainly refused to go to Pakistan regardless of the offer. I certainly refused to go to Pakistan regardless of the offer. I never signed a contract with Etisalat, and my contract is directly with Thuraya. I never signed a contract with Etisalat, and my contract is directly with Thuraya. The management of my company was professional and friendly and appreciating to my work, they dealt with me on that basis, it was beyond their hands.

Thought they did not state it, it was clear to all of us that this came from the State Security due to my activism in Human Rights, demand for political reform and late appearance in many TV shows.

I expect that they will soon send me termination letter as I refused to go to Pakistan. I expect that they will soon send me termination letter as I refused to go to Pakistan.

Just wanted to keep you in the picture. Just wanted to keep you in the picture.

Regards, Regards,

Ahmed Mansoor

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UAE: “internet thugs” attacking militants

March 17, 2011

Following the trend in Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Bahrain, some Emirati “Internet Thugs” have been attacking activists, Jurists and the signatories of a recent petition that called for a reform of the Federal National Council (Parliament) which has been signed by more than 400 citizens after it was published on the Internet.

The Internet, especially the Facebook, Twitter and online discussion forums, has been witnessing an unprecedented attack from some Internet users on activists, noticeably after the revolution of Egypt. The Internet, especially the Facebook, Twitter and online discussion forums, has been witnessing an unprecedented attack from some Internet users on activists, noticeably after the revolution of Egypt. Attacks however peaked after the reach of protests to Oman and Bahrain. Attacks however peaked after the reach of protests to Oman and Bahrain.

Internet Thugs have been using verbal abuses and insults, threats of physical harm, and recently distributed a electronic circular describing activists as traitors and posting their photos around a gallows (see link below), in a Simi-replica of the scenario that accused Bahraini activist of coup plot. Internet Thugs have been using verbal abuses and insults, threats of physical harm, and recently distributed a electronic circular describing activists as traitors and posting their photos around a gallows (see link below), in a Simi-replica of the scenario that accused Bahraini activist of coup plot.

Some activists believe that these thugs may belong to security agencies; as UAE usually, and quickly, block such Internet sites, while no action has been taken so far towards these thugs so far, especially that many UAE laws criminalize such acts. Some activists believe that these thugs may belong to security agencies; as UAE usually, and quickly, block such Internet sites, while no action has been taken so far towards these thugs so far, especially that many UAE laws criminalize such acts.

Some activists whom their photos appeared in the electronic circular hold the security authorities responsible for their personal security and request them to stop the systematic abuse against them. Some activists whom their photos appeared in the electronic circular hold the security authorities responsible for their personal security and request them to stop the systematic abuse against them.

Internet penetration in UAE is one of the most in the Arab world compared to number of the population, opposition and dissents sites however are usually blocked quickly. Internet penetration in UAE is one of the most in the Arab world compared to number of the population, opposition and dissents sites however are usually blocked quickly. Reports have also indicated the targeting and harassments of Internet activists by the State Security. Reports have also indicated the targeting and harassments of Internet activists by the State Security.

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Link to electronic circular that describe Activist as traitors and shows their photos around a gallows: http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/190586_210556472295289_100000228123468_976955_36405_n.jpg Link to electronic circular that describe Activist as traitors and shows their photos around a gallows: http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/190586_210556472295289_100000228123468_976955_36405_n.jpg

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Dubai Case Safi Qurashi – BBC London

Posted by 7starsdubai on October 30, 2010




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From Wall Street Journal: Dubai Moral Crackdown Is Tourism Kiss of Death

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 19, 2010


source wall street journal By Stefania Bianchi Of ZAWYA DOW JONES
DUBAI (Zawya Dow Jones)
Two British holidaymakers facing a month in jail in Dubai for a kiss are the latest victims of the emirate’s moral crackdown. The sentence is another sign of Dubai’s drive to enforce Muslim values, at the risk of turning away the western tourists who fill its hotels.

“Dubai is in danger of gaining a reputation as a place where you can be arrested for minor incidents,” said Sean Tipton, a spokesperson for the Association of British Travel Agents, which represents more than 5000 travel operators in the U.K. “If this type of attitude continues, Dubai’s tourism industry will be harmed.”

Dubai has grown to become the Persian Gulf’s most popular destination due to its liberal tolerance of alcohol and partying in a region that’s better known for its austere religious values. Billions of tourism dollars may be under threat as Dubai tightens up.

Tourism is crucial to Dubai and accounts for a fifth of the emirate’s economy. Close to 41 million passengers traveled through Dubai International Airport last year, making it one of world’s fastest growing. Emirates Airline, Dubai’s flagship carrier, indirectly contributes just over $10 billion to the sheikdom’s economy each year.

A spokesperson for Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing couldn’t be reached for comment.
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Detained in Dubai – Support Group for Dubai Residents and Tourists who find themselves in Hot Water in Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on November 18, 2009


original source 7Days Dubai 18 Nov, 2009

With hundreds of Brits being arrested each year and hundreds more other expats ending up on the wrong side of the law, a support group has been set up to reach out to residents and tourists who find themselves in hot water in Dubai.

Detained in Dubai is a non-profit organisation set up by Radha Sterling after she fought for the freedom of close friend and TV executive Cat Le-Huy, who was arrested on arrival in the emirate for possession of a jetlag drug that turned out to be legal both in the UK and the United Arab Emirates.

She said: “I ran a campaign for the release of Cat after he was detained last year. He was picked up in the airport in Dubai and arrested for having melatonin – a jetlag pill which is not even illegal in the UAE. He was held in prison for more than a month and eventually released without charge.”

After Le-Huy’s ordeal hit the headlines, Sterling was contacted by other people whose friends and families were going through the Dubai judicial system.

She said: “I decided to set up something more formal as I was contacted by a lot of people after what happened to Cat. I have a legal background and worked closely with Cat’s lawyers during his experience so gained a detailed knowledge of the legal system and I wanted to share that with people who need help.”

Detained in Dubai is manned by a team of solicitors with experience in corporate, criminal and civil law as well a cross-section of researchers and interns. The drive behind the group is to raise awareness of the UAE’s laws to help foreigners avoid getting into trouble in the first place.

But when the worst does happen, Sterling, who works in the media and has a degree in law, is on hand to talk people through the legal process.

Detained in Dubai offers advice and support and recommends lawyers, but mostly, it helps people understand what to expect from an unfamiliar court system.

Sterling said: “A lot of the cases we come across are when a foreigner has got themselves in trouble because they aren’t familiar with the law.

That comes from ignorance really, but we would like to raise awareness of the expectations of Dubai and to make it clear to people that it is not another America or Britain – there are a lot of very serious rules.”

Many of the cases Detained in Dubai has come across in the last eight weeks since its online launch are relating to drugs.

The UAE’s banned and controlled substance list is 49 pages long. Dozens of substances from cough medicine to anti-schizophrenia drugs are included on the inventory.

Even tiny traces of an illegal substance can lead to years in prison.

But it is not only drugs offences.

Sterling says: “We are seeing a lot of financial and business related cases now which are very complex. It can be difficult for people to know where to start.”

Detained in Dubai offers daily support to people, whatever their nationality, and also helps those who come out of the other side adjust to freedom when they are released.

Sterling said: “That’s an important part of what we do as well because people can find it difficult when they do eventually get home so we offer after care support.

“We understand what they have been through.”

For more on Detained in Dubai, go to www.detainedindubai.org, call  +447050 686 745 or email info@detainedindubai.org

Cases helped by Sterling’s group

In trouble with the boss
Dive instructor Roxanne Hillier was jailed for three months in May this year after being convicted of having an affair with her Emirati boss.
The 22-year-old South African, who was working in Sharjah, was arrested when police broke into the dive centre where she had decided to stay overnight while maintenance work was being carried out on her apartment.
She claimed that she was upstairs, in a locked room, when police swooped. Her married boss was downstairs checking dive equipment. She says she was questioned in Arabic and could not understand.
Both Hillier and her boss were charged, although he was later acquitted. Hillier was released on appeal after nine weeks behind bars.

Drug problem
German TV producer Cat Le-Huy was stopped as he arrived at Dubai Airport last year and subjected to a full search.
He was found with melatonin – a supplement used for combating jetlag. He signed a confession in Arabic admitting to possessing illegal drugs, which led to him being locked up in the airport’s detention centre. The authorities also tested some dust and dirt inside his suitcase and found 0.03g of cannabis – smaller than a grain of sugar. Eventually, Le-Huy was released without charge after a meeting between his counsel and the prosecution.

Words of warning
In September 2009, Sun McKay was heading home to Sydney from Afghanistan where he was working for a security firm.
The 32-year-old Australian was queuing for his connecting flight in Dubai when he decided to go to the cash machine. As he stepped out of line, he claims he was grabbed by a man who shouted at him in Arabic. McKay swore in response and was arrested as the man was a police officer.
He has been charged with using insulting language to a police officer and could face three years behind bars. McKay is awaiting a court hearing on December 9.

Ps: Before travel to UAE Tourists should study the Guidelines for Import of Personal Medicines
and check this List of Restricted and Controlled Drugs
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