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​2 more “Interpol Abuse” victims removed from Interpol, as UAE continues reporting debts as fraud

Pancho Campo - Reported to Interpol over a civil matter, finally exonerated of charges after 15 years as a listed "fugitive".

The UAE has come under widespread criticism in recent years for “treating Interpol as their personal debt collectors.” Whether it is a credit card debt, a personal loan or a bounced cheque in relation to a commercial or business transaction, Interpol is seen as a recovery tool by banks, government and the private sector. Detained in Dubai had the pleasure of announcing the removal of two Interpol notices for clients last week. In both cases, the reports should never have been issued in the first place and are the result of the systematic abuse of Interpol’s database by the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries.

Unlike in the Western world, UAE law regards debt as a criminal matter. If a customer is late with payments or can’t pay, they go to jail. If a company’s cheque bounces, the individual who signs it will be subject to criminal prosecution, regardless of the circumstances. Individuals facing such circumstances in the UAE are (rightly) advised by their lawyers to leave the country to avoid imprisonment. Although they have acted in good faith, they are left with no choice.