In the news
The Daily Mail
Hampstead and Highgate
Dubai City Magazine
The Independent (not online)
Facebook2 (I can has url?)
I'll update as more stories come to my attention. I'm definitely leaving out a few, and if you know of anything else post here and I'll add it to the list.
Everything has gone exactly as we wanted it to, and many other cases are coming forward. Some of these stories are truly abhorrent: people losing their homes and their lives being destroyed by similar false allegations. You are basically forced to plead guilty, or your case will never be seen, and then you are wholly reliant of the benevolence of the monarch for any kind of justice.
Why is this? What could Dubai possibly have to gain, either financially or in reputation, by prosecuting innocent people?
We're hearing from a number of sources that police officials are given rewards in return for prosecutions, as part of the new crackdown on drugs in Dubai. This is a difficult thing to prove, as it's obviously quite cloak and dagger, but would account for why travelers are being singled out and prosecuted for seemingly nothing.
We hope that the bad press Dubai is getting will inspire the men in power there to change these policies, but so far they haven't been responsive. We're still holding out hope that they will do the right thing and let these innocent people go.
Edit: German paper BILD is picking up the story