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'I may never see my husband again': Wife of ailing British businessman

Ryan Cornelius is locked in Dubai jail over banking fraud, his wife says he has been condemned to die behind bars because he cannot repay millions demanded by Emirati state


Heather Cornelius says her husband Ryan (pictured together) has already spent 13 years in a cell the size of a shipping container in Dubai
  • Ryan Cornelius has spent 13 years in a Dubai cell with five other inmates

  • He may have to serve 18 more years because he cannot repay millions of pounds

  • His wife Heather says the Foreign Office has abandoned them

A British property developer has effectively been condemned to die behind bars in Dubai, says his distraught wife, so that senior figures in the Emirati state can seize control of his assets, including a lavish city-centre polo resort.


Heather Cornelius says her husband Ryan has already spent 13 years in a cell the size of a shipping container with five other inmates following a minor banking fraud.


But her husband, now in ill-health, must spend a further 18 years in jail because he cannot repay millions of pounds demanded by the Dubai authorities.


The Foreign Office, she says, has abandoned them.