3 British Nationals arrested in 3 months in Europe on Interpol notices issued by UAE banks
Updated: Nov 29, 2020
In July a British woman was arrested in Italy for an Interpol Red Notice because of an unpaid credit card. She was held for 30 days facing the prospect of extradition to the UAE to face imprisonment. In August a British man was detained by Interpol in Germany for a similar extradition attempt, and now in September a British man is fighting a similar extradition attempt Poland. The first two extradition attempts have been defeated with help from Detained In Dubai and the third is being challenged at this time.
British nationals who work in the UAE are taking a huge risk when obtaining loans or credit cards. Expats need loans for various reasons including their rental property where high amounts may be demanded in advance, a car, a business or other day to day essentials.
If they suddenly lose their job or need to leave the country for unexpected family or medical reasons, they sometimes find their wages much lower in their home countries, leaving them unable to maintain their loan payments. In these cases most people turn to their banks for help with restructuring payments but these requests for help are flatly denied.
UAE banks are aggressive in their collection techniques, most of which are considered illegal in other countries. They have been known to harass colleagues and customers at their new place of work causing them to be fired. The banks harass or threaten their families and friends. Often they report the defaulter to Interpol. Interpol has cautioned the UAE to stop reporting debtors to their database as Interpol's mandate does not cover debt collection. The UAE falsely reclassify simple debt cases as fraud to get the debtor filed with Interpol.
Interpol have not, however, gone so far as to review new “fugitive” files that are listed by the UAE (one of Interpol's largest voluntary contributors). The burden of proof rests with the fugitive, to prove to them that he should not have been reported in the first place. Not only is this costly, but time consuming.