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British - Australian grandfather FREED from Dubai

Updated: May 26, 2022

William Meyerhoff, a British/Australian grandfather with dementia, has been freed from Dubai prison after support from Detained in Dubai.

Family relieved after William Meyerhoff is finally released from Dubai jail. The 72 year old suffers dementia and was cared for by fellow British grandfather, Albert Douglas, while in prison.

Fellow prisoner Albert Douglas, described William as ‘on death’s door’ after he was arrested for ten-year-old bounced cheques he did not write. William was en route to Australia to stay with his family when he was taken into custody at Dubai’s international airport.

The 72 year old man who suffers from dementia was cared for in prison by fellow British inmate and grandfather Albert Douglas, was also detained over cheques that have since been forensically proved, he did not write.


William’s 44 year old son, Matthew, spoke to Australian media about his father’s situation, begging for his safe return.



While in custody and after media attention, Albert and William were taken to a luxury 2 bedroom apartment within the prison where authorities confirmed they would release William and also look into Albert’s case. William was deported to Africa last week where his flight had originated from. His family are now desperately trying to arrange his safe passage to Australia.