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War hero Andy Neal jailed in Abu Dhabi finally returns home after being EXONERATED of drugs charges

Updated: Oct 11, 2021


Andy Neal before his 14 month detention in notorious Abu Dhabi prison

UK veteran Andy Neal was arrested in Dubai in late 2018 on the basis of an informant. Despite there being no evidence of drugs in his bloodstream, or in his possession; and despite the informant recanting his identification of Andy, the distinguished soldier was held for over a year and subjected to continuous efforts to coerce a false confession. Andy was recently exonerated of the allegations, and has just returned home to the UK.


* Andy Neal operated a dog training facility in Dubai before his arrest.

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, who represented Andy, issued a statement:

“Everything wrong with the UAE legal system and law enforcement is on display in Andy’s case. He was arrested because of an unreliable, and later withdrawn identification by an informant; no evidence was ever found to substantiate his arrest, and in fact, conclusive evidence of his innocence was discovered by the police within months of his detention; yet the Dubai police refused to release him and admit their error. Instead, Andy’s case was transferred to Abu Dhabi