Lawyers to attend Derrin Crawford in Dubai police station as family fears for her safety
Derrin Crawford, the 23 year old British flight attendant currently being held in Dubai on charges of possessing an illegal substance with intent to distribute over two cannabis joints found by police in an apartment she was visiting, highlights the unpredictable dangers foreigners face in the UAE, according to Radha Stirling, founder and CEO of Detained in Dubai who represents Crawford and has appointed a legal team to attend the police station where she is held.
“What is happening right now to Derrin Crawford should alarm any foreigner in or intending to visit the UAE. She is the latest in a very long list of foreign nationals who have found themselves behind bars in Dubai, not due to anything they did wrong, but due to the systemic flaws in the UAE’s criminal justice system; from police to prosecutors, from judges to jailers. Any normal social interaction can suddenly turn into a criminal case; whether just taking pictures, brushing past someone in a crowded restaurant, going on a date or visiting someone’s home; anyone can find themselves accused of a crime, hastily convicted, and sentenced to years in prison,” Stirling explains.