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Dangerous UK FCO advice to Billy Barclay could have left him stuck in UAE indefinitely.

Updated: Oct 14, 2021

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Billy Barclay, the Edinburgh man accused of passing a forged £20 note while on holiday in the UAE, and his family told Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, that they were warned by the British Government not to proceed with advice from Detained in Dubai on publicising his ordeal. The FCO reportedly advised him against taking his story to the media. He was told that doing so would actually make matters worse. This advice is alarming, given the fact that numerous cases have shown active media campaigning has often proved to be the only way innocent people detained in the UAE can regain their freedom.

Detained in Dubai has consistently secured the release of British Nationals, as well as others, through public campaigns with an impressive rate of success

Radha Stirling commented on the British Embassy's advice, "It is really quite shocking. Not only have we seen the embassy often refrain from intervening to help British citizens when they face legal problems in the UAE, now apparently they are actually discouraging people from seeking help through one of the most effective methods available. If Mr. Barclay had followed the embassy's advice, there is no question that he would