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UAE still ill treating detained Scotsman Billy Barclay, even after his return to the UK

Updated: Oct 14, 2021


Disappointed. Wealthy UAE refusing to honour the reimbursement promised to Billy while the media spotlight was focussed on them

Edinburgh father Billy Barclay made worldwide headlines in September this year when he was detained for months in Dubai over an alleged fake £20 note. The case was dropped but Billy was held in Ras al Khaimah, away from his family. He spent his family’s life savings on legal and living expenses, before the British NGO Detained In Dubai secured his release via a worldwide media campaign.

With hundreds of major media outlets worldwide reporting on the case, the UAE were compelled to react. UAE emirate Ras Al Khaimah quickly had Billy’s case dropped and promised the suffering Scotsman, in front of the watching world, that they would reimburse the huge amounts of money their mistreatment had cost the Barclay family.

After worldwide media had all reported Ras Al Khaimah’s commitment to set things right with Billy, and the father of two had escaped the clutches of the gulf state’s legal system, the UAE soon forgot their promises.

The money never materialised. After the media attention moved on, Ras Al Khaimah stopped cooperating with Billy, and have been stonewalling his requests for the promised