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Brit alleged missing after Dubai rules extradition to India in apparent reciprocation for India’s ro


Indian media has reported a Dubai court has ruled to extradite British national Christian Michel to India over charges of bribery and corruption. Last July Indian officials traveled to the UAE to request Michel be handed over into Indian custody, in an apparent attempt to override international protocols on extradition. Perhaps in response to this request, the UAE undertook extradition proceedings.

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, and a leading expert on the UAE legal system expressed concerns that Michel may not be receiving due process, and that his extradition is a political, not legal move. “On March 4th, 2018, India and the UAE jointly executed an illegal raid of an American civilian vessel in international waters, and the Indian Coast Guard participated in the abduction of Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum, the daughter of the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as well as several other foreign nationals. This joint operation was approved by Indian Prime Minister Modi after a personal telephone call with Sheikh Mohammed.” Stirling explains, “Because of India’s participation in this illegal action, they have faced considerable international criticism, including an official enquiry by the United Nations. In short, the UAE owes India a favour; it appears that expedited extradition may well be a gesture of reciprocal appreciation by the UAE for India’s role in the abduction and return of Princess Latifa back to the Emirates. For example, India had requested the extradition of Yasin Mansoor Mohammad Farooq in 2017; but he was only arrested by UAE authorities one day after the raid on Latifa’s yacht, and deported to India 3 days later.