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Albert Douglas’s son finally in UK after Dubai ordeal

Albert Douglas’s son, Albert Coleman Jr was finally able to leave Dubai after months long ordeal that his brother describes as a “hostage situation”.

Albert Douglas was arrested five months ago for “bounced cheques” that he did not write and that weren’t related to his own company. The cheques in question belonged to his son’s company. “It’s common for relatives to be detained in Dubai over bounced cheques or bank debts, even if they had nothing to do with the cheque”, explained Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai. “Even in cases where husbands and wives have been separated, they have still been held responsible for the debts of their spouse as in the case of Morag Koussa. Although this is against local law, the practice is commonplace and puts innocent people at risk of detention”.

Albert Coleman Douglas Junior surrendered his passport as security against his father’s bail but police refused to return it to him. “Five months after Albert was incarcerated and only through Detained In Dubai’s campaign, the family’s tireless efforts; at a huge financial and emotional cost, Albert-Coleman Douglas Junior has finally been allowed to leave the UAE in what can only be described as a travesty of justice”, said Londoner Wolfgang Douglas, who has been tirelessly campaigning for his father’s release.