"We are often asked whether a person's financial status plays a role in their ability to be released, pardoned or have their case reviewed. In our experience and in the majority of cases, we have noted that it helps to have the support of the public and the financial backing to hire companies or individuals to support a release campaign." Radha Stirling, CEO and founder of Detained in Dubai
In a statement, Radha Stirling, founder of the UK-based organisation Detained in Dubai and who helped campaign for Athari’s release, said: “We are thankful for the release of Farzan Athari. His request for a pardon was granted speedily and I am certain that he is grateful. His release required an international co-ordinated effort, including a song production that attracted almost 100,000 views on YouTube. "