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2019 saw UAE & Gulf Abuses intensify - Detained in Dubai

The risks posed by the United Arab Emirates, once only a problem for visitors and expats, have spread over the past year to endanger even people outside the country. 2019 has seen an intensification of the UAE’s Interpol abuse and the extra-jurisdictional application of the country’s vague and invasive Cybercrime laws. Meanwhile, the routine occurrence of false accusations, forced confessions, and wrongful detentions have continued at pace. Notable cases during 2019, designated by Dubai as the “Year of Tolerance”, include that of British national Robert Urwin, detained in Ukraine over a bounced cheque in the UAE. The cheque, a blatant forgery written months after Urwin left the Emirates, res


Andre stuck in prison on shameful technicality Detained in Dubai CEO Radha Stirling’s remarks on Andre Gauthier verdict today: “At the hearing today for Andre Gauthier, the judge ruled on 11 cases which had been appealed by Andre’s lawyers, and found him ‘not guilty’. However, the court claimed that 62 cases remain that were not appealed by Andre’s former lawyer within the allowed time period; so the previous judgments in these cases still stand. This is a gross miscarriage of justice. If Andre is now the victim of his attorney’s incompetence, this cannot be accepted as a reason to retain the lower court judgment. Clearly, upon appeal in the 11 cases, which are identical to all the others, t


The newly introduced messaging App, ToTok, created by the UAE and downloaded by millions of users worldwide is being used by the Emirates' government "to track every conversation, movement, relationship, appointment, sound and image of those who install it on their phones", according to a New York Times investigation. "The UAE bans any messaging service they cannot monitor," says Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, "Cybercrime laws in the country make it possible to prosecute anyone for their online activity, including private conversations; so the risks of using any App that is directly monitored, recorded, and scrutinised by the authorities are extremely high. "As we saw in the case

​Canadian whistleblower hearing set for December 24th in Dubai

Supportive Trudeau administration seeks André's return to Canada - PM Trudeau, André Gauthier, Radha Stirling André Gauthier, the Canadian whistleblower who was instrumental in exposing one of Dubai’s biggest investment frauds, only to find himself wrongfully prosecuted for it; may soon be exonerated in an upcoming December 24th hearing. It has been a long and difficult road for the Quebecer since he first brought his suspicions of financial impropriety to the owners of Gold AE in 2014. Once the scandal came to light, the entire executive management of the company fled the UAE, and Andre was appointed to audit the accounts and try to recover the losses suffered by investors; but he was soon

UK citizen victim of identity theft held in UAE - family pleads for his release

Atif, wife Claire and 2 year old daughter Arianna London-born Atif Khalique used to work as a taxi driver in the UK back in 2016 when he came across an advert online for a job in Dubai. Always on the lookout for new opportunities, Atif contacted the recruiter and before he knew it, he was on his way to the UAE for a job interview. The 36 year old Atif was planning to marry in the coming months, and he was feeling hopeful about a future in Dubai with his new family and a new career. The interview went well, and he was told the job was his; he just had to fill out some paperwork and provide extensive personal details to allow the company to run a background check. He returned to the UK to awai

​Brit Robert Urwin home to England after 14 months detained in Ukraine over HSBC's UAE Interpol

Robert Urwin, released from Ukraine after 14 months over HSBC Interpol warrant “Thanks Radha for all your help, we couldn't have done it without you!” a jubilant Joanne Hazeldine declared when her father Robert Urwin finally returned to the UK, “We are all so happy he's home! Many thanks to all of you at Detained in Dubai!” In 2018, British national Robert Urwin was detained in Kiev over a bounced cheque case in Dubai. The cheque in question, however, was written and submitted for payment months after Urwin had left the UAE. Despite being an apparent forgery, Emirati authorities and HSBC bank complained to Interpol to have Urwin arrested and extradited over the bounced cheque. He underwent e

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