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Another Scottish victim of the UAE legal system comes forward - "2 years detained in Dubai for


"2 years UAE detention for £2 taxi fare." After the recent cases of Jamie Harron and Billy Barclay, another Scotsman has come forward to speak about his own Middle East nightmare. 46-year-old businessman David Ballantine, reportedly lost his life savings after being detained in the UAE for 2 years after a mixup with a £2 taxi payment. David’s explains how his own Dubai ordeal began in May 2013 with a mix up over a ride in a government owned state taxi. David says there had been some confusion with the taxi driver setting off with the wrong people in the car. According to David, he had told the taxi driver to stop, but the driver ignored him for 50 metres before pulling over near a policeman. Reportedly the driver angrily complained to the officer, who told David to pay the minimum amount of AED 10 (£2). David says he went to an ATM a few metres away and withdrew some cash. He claims he dropped the money into the cab window. Having paid the £2, he went back to his friends. “The driver must not have seen the note I dropped through his window. He was waiting for me to pay and when he saw in his mirror that I had walked back to my friends, he reversed the taxi aggressively back to where my group was. He accused me of not paying. I told him I had, and showed him where it was. He claimed that was his own money. He was angry by now, and not wanting to admit that he could be wrong.” “It was really so ridiculous because he was getting angry over nothing. If I made any mistake it was my insistence that, yes, I had already paid him. But the driver just became more and more hostile until he physically attacked me. At this point I became worried. I was in a fight, in Dubai, where I knew the law could be harsh, and I knew the government employed taxi driver would be believed over the Westerner, regardless of evidence. I never attacked him back, just avoided him as much as I could.” The same policeman came back, and asked for an explanation from the Dubai government taxi driver. David says the officer didn’t as