British Man Facing Jail In Dubai For Sharing Charity Post Urging People To Buy Blankets For Refugees

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Scott Richard, 42, who had been working in the United Arab Emirates shared the post promoting a charity drive to buy blankets and other items for refugees in Afghanistan

A British man has been arrested in Dubai and held without charge for three weeks after sharing a charity post on his Facebook page.

Scott Richard, 42, shared the post promoting a charity drive to buy blankets and other items for refugees in Afghanistan.

Strict new laws in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ban donations or advertising of charities not registered in the country.

The laws created last year mean charities not registered in the UAE can only be promoted with the written approval of the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai.

Mr Richards, who had been working in Dubai as an economic development adviser, says he has been denied bail and access to legal representation.

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Dubai has strict laws about promoting charities
He faces up to one year in prison and a fine of 100,000 dirhams (£20,000).

Police confirmed he recommended a crowd-funding campaign run by an American charity.

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GoFundMeCharity campaign for blankets for Afghan childrenMr Richards shared a charity campaign for blankets for Afghan children

Radha Stirling, chief executive of British-based group Detained in Dubai – which helps foreigners abroad – warned that under the country’s judicial system Mr Richards could be held indefinitely.

She said: “It can be months before he is officially charged and a court date will only be assigned once they agree to prosecute.”

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