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Scots grandad 'held hostage' in Dubai over bounced cheque returns home to family

A Scots grandad who was held as a 'debt hostage' in the Middle East after a cheque bounced has been allowed to return home in time for Christmas.

Malcolm David Faren, from Dundee, was left sheltering in an abandoned building in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai after police seized his passport amid a court wrangle, meaning he was unable to work or leave the country.

The 63-year-old had been struggling on the streets for a year until he was given permanent shelter by a fellow group of Brits due to debt laws in the country.

Radha Stirling said: “Malcolm's return to his family in the UK is a great victory, but his suffering highlights the urgent need for legal reform in Dubai.

“Dubai's advertising campaign in the UK fails to advise potential expats that their relocation to the country might be one way ticket.

"If they run into any issues whatsoever, such as being made redundant, they will be treated as criminals."

Read the full article at The Daily Record


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