Safi Qarashi

Radha Stirling, the founder of Detained In Dubai, a British-based pressure group that fights injustices in the United Arab Emirates, is backing Qurashi's claims that he has been jailed by a dogmatic court which failed to take his circumstances into account.

She said: "Security cheques are commonly used in Dubai in business and private agreements as collateral. The law states that bouncing a cheque is illegal and can be punished with a sentence of three years in prison. But the legal system in Dubai does not take into account any circumstances or evidence surrounding the bounced cheques, leaving the law open to abuse or misuse."
Read the full article at The Guardian website, "Owner of Dubai's 'little Britain' jailed for non-payment of cheques"

"He is one of a growing number of Britons caught out in Dubai by laws that hand down jail sentences for cheque fraud, which have been strictly enforced in the midst of collapsing house prices, negative equity and reduced credit."