Official podcast of Detained in Dubai, with Radha Stirling
American man detained in Dubai over Las Vegas Marijuana is FREED
Detained in Dubai CEO, Radha Stirling, announced Peter Clark’s safe return to the United States.
“Nevada resident Peter Clark, from California, was finally freed from Dubai after his 2 month ordeal which cost him $50,000. Peter was deported late Tuesday night on a flight via Doha to New York.”.
Before his departure, Peter interviewed with Stirling for her Gulf in Justice Podcast. In the interview, Peter warns Americans to go to Miami instead. “Do not go to Dubai. You can get arrested for so many different things.”
Stirling said “It’s outrageous that Peter was held in Dubai for almost two months on charges pertaining to cannabis he had smoked legally in Las Vegas before travelling to Dubai. Peter was a responsible traveller. He made sure he left any pharmaceuticals at home, including Aspirin, just to be sure he didn’t have any delays or issues at customs. Never did he imagine he could be arrested for cannabis smoked outside of the UAE.
“The UAE’s extraterritorial laws have landed a number of visitors in trouble. People can be arrested for having alcohol in their system, even if served by the government’s own airline. They can be arrested for hashish consumed legally, outside the country, that leaves residue trace elements in the bloodstream. The UAE’s Cybercrime laws are far reaching and visitors can be arrested for violations that happened years ago, outside the country. For example, an offensive or rude post on social media, or a rude private message on WhatsApp.
“Peter did nothing wrong. He should never have been arrested and treated so badly. As soon as we found out about the case, we appointed legal representatives and contacted US officials and members of the Senate. Fortunately, we were able to resolve Peter’s case and get him home safe. Others like Andy Neal spent more than a year in prison, fighting against frivolous charges before finally being exonerated. Dubai authorities are messing with people’s lives. They don’t seem to understand the impact a forced lengthy stay in Dubai has. People can not afford to stay in a hotel for 2-6 months awaiting a court hearing. They lose their jobs, their relationships and can even go bankrupt as a result. The stress, anxiety and emotional toll is far underrated. People in this situation don’t know if they are going to a foreign prison and whether their life is finished. This is possibly the most stressful time they’ve had in their lives. Loved ones are at home facing their worst nightmares too.
The Case of Reda Boulahdid - Ras Al Khaimah
French national Reda Boulahdid tells Radha Stirling about blackmail ordeal by UAE customs officials in Ras Al Khaimah.
Mr. Boulahdid who is represented by UK legal group Detained in Dubai, says that his nightmare began with what he thought was a joke. A customs official visited his warehouse and demanded Boulahdid make him a partner in the company. Then, while he was out of the country, Ras Al Khaimah customs officials shut down his warehouse and authorities demanded he pay 20% of his business income to them.
No reasons were given for the closure, and no justification offered for why he should pay them a percentage of his profits. When he didn’t pay, a series of false allegations of commercial fraud were made against him and his car production factory was closed.
“The customs agents whom Mr. Boulahdid says tried to extort money from him, who held his wife against her will and who seized his personal and business-related paperwork and equipment without a warrant, should be subject to a criminal investigation, rather than Mr. Boulahdid being tried on charges brought by these men.”
Bonus - BBC Interview with Radha Stirling over woman detained in Dubai for WhatsApp message
BBC Interview with Radha Stirling
Woman faces “£100,000 fine and 2 years in prison” for WhatsApp message in Dubai British woman in tears after Dubai police advise her she faces a “500,000 dirham fine, two years in prison and deportation”.
http://www.detainedindubai.org http://www.radhastirling.com http://www.dueprocess.international
The Case of Khater Massaad, former advisor to Emirati ruler
Former advisor to UAE ruler breaks silence:
Khater Massaad on Sheikh Saud Former advisor to Ras Al Khaimah ruler, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, breaks silence. Khater Massaad is the former CEO of RAKIA, RAK Ceramics and various enterprises embarked upon during his tenure and before the ruler’s purge of foreign nationals he felt “knew too much”.
In his first interview on the topic, Swiss national Dr Khater Massaad spoke with expert Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, Due Process International and the host of the Gulf in Justice Podcast.
A prized ally and close advisor to the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi, Massaad was the founder of RAK Ceramics and the driving force behind unprecedented success for the northern Emirate bringing in revenue of more than $1bn from more than 150 countries, securing RAK’s position on the map and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award (MRM Business Award) for industry.
But rather than thanking those who helped drive the Emirate to success, Sheikh Saud embarked upon a massive purge when he came into power. This included jailing workers and employees of the former ruler, issuing frivolous Interpol notices, and robbing them of their net worth through a series of abusive and meritless legal proceedings in his own personal courts. Massaad has fought off three baseless Interpol notices, a meritless extradition request and several civil court actions, but the Sheikh continues in his endeavours to seize assets that simply don’t belong to him. Massaad discusses the “wild west of the UAE” in his interview with expert witness, Radha Stirling.
http://www.radhastirling.com http://www.detainedindubai.org http://www.khatermassaad.com http://www.gulfinjustince.news
The Case of a woman detained in Dubai over WhatsApp message
Woman faces “£100,000 fine and 2 years in prison” for WhatsApp message in Dubai
British woman in tears after Dubai police advise her she faces a “500,000 dirham fine, two years in prison and deportation”.
Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai and Due Process International announced in the Gulf in Justice Podcast, that the woman detained in Dubai has been asked to attend the police station today in an attempt to persuade the Ukrainian complainant to drop the case.
Stirling said “the woman has been told she faces £100,000 in fines, imprisonment and deportation, and was in tears last night. The UAE has criminalised practically every visitor to the country under their vague and poorly drafted Cybercrime laws. Today’s news really hit home for the woman, who has never been in trouble in her life. She is enthralled in an alien legal system and the seriousness of a simple WhatsApp message sent to a fellow European in the heat of an argument, is difficult to comprehend. It is a nightmare for her.
“This situation is incredibly common, but most cases are not brought to the media. Even if she were only issued a small fine, she would still be processed through the legal system and held in Dubai for months. This alone can ruin lives and cause significant financial and emotional damage. Imagine facing all of this over a simple WhatsApp message sent in private.
“The FCO’s hands off approach to the UAE is unacceptable. When we see countries like Malaysia, the US and Canada helping their citizens, we have to ask why the UK isn’t? The UK is one of the UAE’s strongest allies on many levels and can not genuinely say they have no influence. Why is the UK allowing such active tourism marketing towards its citizens, but not demanding their safety?”
The Case of Oussama El Omari - NY Court orders damages for man targeted by UAE Sheikh
NY Court orders damages for man targeted by UAE Sheikh & his US agents because he “knew too much”
New York District Court orders damages in claim against agents of “corrupt UAE ruler” who “targeted him due to his intricate knowledge of illicit oil trade with Iran, contraband trade and loss of billions of dollars of state funds”.
Mr El Omari, in his claim against James Buchanan, Dechert lawyers, Andrew D Frank, Karv Communications, Intelligence Online et al., said these parties have “crossed the line, acting as propaganda agents” to a “corrupt foreign dictator in the Middle East, Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi”.
El Omari names Andrew D. Frank (a/k/a Andrew D. Solomon) and Amir Ali Handjani of Karv Communications, a PR agency as a defendant and Intelligence Online, a France based Intelligence focussed publication, alongside US lawyers Dechert and partner Neil Gerrard, who are also being sued in the US and UK for their role in torture and human rights violations against other victims in RAK. Neil Gerrard stepped down from his partnership position at Dechert following English High Court claims launched this year. James Buchanan, who acted as a “white knight” for Sheikh Saud, was named in the suit.
Full Press Release here