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Important update: prison, charges and legal defense [Feb. 14th, 2008|09:00 pm]
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On February 10th, Cat was moved to Al Wathba Central Prison, before
test results were even concluded on the mystery .003 grams dirt that
the arresting officials allege is ‘hashish’.

The melatonin (the possession of which being what he was originally
held for) and his urine were given a second test. The results were
again negative according to the German Consulate.

The dirt was finally processed, after two weeks of
‘testing’. The result is positive according to Cat’s
attorney though the matter remains under investigation due to
incorrectly followed evidence procedures and he has still not been
officially charged.

Authorities have called on another extension for 7 days. At the
conclusion of this 7 day period, an extension will most likely be
sought for a further 30 – 40 days at which point a date for the
hearing should be arranged and will cause further delays. At such
time, his council will begin negotiations with the prosecution to drop
the case and urge for a swift deportation. If he is not successful,
Cat will have to wait a few more days for a preliminary hearing. Even
if successful, we are unsure how long it will take to deport him. If
unsuccessful, he faces 4 years imprisonment. Cat will of course be
pleading innocent at this trial.

Cat will remain in Al Wathba Prison. Al Wathba Prison is notorious for
its human rights abuses including executions, lashings, overcrowding.
With lice infested inmates competing for space on the concrete floor:

http://www.phaseloop.com/foreignprisoners/prison-abudhabi.html

http://www.uaeprison.com/victims_injustice-uae.htm

We need to give Cat the best change of a favourable ruling at the
trial as we can. We need to raise £25,500 urgently for his legal
representation. The money will be held in trust by a well known law
firm in Dubai who are partners of the UK solicitors monitoring the
case. It will be released to his advocate in instalments. If there are
any changes in circumstances and we no longer need the full
£25,000 (unlikely at this point), we will refund all leftover
collections proportionally. As of 14/02/08, we have raised
approximately 20% and appreciate the amazing response so far.

Please circulate this most important appeal for financial assistance.

Related Websites and background information:

http://www.thetruthaboutdubai.com

http://www.freediz.com

We need your help: we are asking for your donations--whatever you can
give--of which 100% of proceeds will go toward his legal defence fund.
Without a lawyer, Cat will very likely have no option but to plead
guilty, and we are at a critical stage in this process. Cat pleaded
with us not to let him get lost in the system and we need to do
everything we can to keep prevent this happening. Without legal
representation, he doesn’t stand a chance.

Thank you so much for your help, we couldn’t do this without
your benevolence and generosity.

DONATE NOW

If you have any questions about the fund, please feel free to contact:
dubai@futurecorp.co.uk

Help circulate this message of blogs, websites, journals etc.
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[User Picture]From: marauderautarki
2008-02-14 09:41 pm (UTC)

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When I try to click on the donation page, it says it can't be found.
[User Picture]From: lx
2008-02-14 10:04 pm (UTC)

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Gave what I can. :/ Wish USD were stronger.

Here's hoping for swift resolution.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-14 11:42 pm (UTC)

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That's great, and thank you :)
[User Picture]From: flavius_m
2008-02-14 10:18 pm (UTC)

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I gave the little bit I could, but feel it is less than a drop in the ocean. Skint, though, so have to wait and see whether I get pupils actually paying for their lessons etc.... hope it all works out ok.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-14 11:43 pm (UTC)

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Heh...Ironically, he was was looking into being one of your paying pupils. He's such a procrastinator.
Thank you so much.
[User Picture]From: lee_chaos
2008-02-14 10:24 pm (UTC)

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So am I right in thinking that's about 30-50ish days to raise the cash?

Coz that's probably long enough for me to think about organising fundraising events...
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-14 11:44 pm (UTC)

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We're negotiating with the lawyer right now to see if he's willing to take installments, but our aim is to come up with half the sum this week.
Let me know of any fundraising ideas, and I'll make sure to pimp it out.
Thank you!
[User Picture]From: benson3
2008-02-14 10:35 pm (UTC)

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I have 6 gowns to auction off. Would you like me to start the ebay auction for freedome site or is someone else handling that?
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-14 11:45 pm (UTC)

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Wow, that's wicked, Benson...let me speak to the guy in charge of fundraising, he might have a better idea of how to proceed. I'm very new to all of this.
[User Picture]From: the_magdalene
2008-02-14 10:53 pm (UTC)

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Hi, I made a small donation - probably doesn't seem like much but the NZ$ doesn't buy many Pounds :/
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-14 11:46 pm (UTC)

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No, that's terrific and I'm really grateful :)
From: wrayb
2008-02-14 11:51 pm (UTC)

done

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another drop in the ocean. Hope we make a big enough splash to get Diz back in one hop.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-14 11:53 pm (UTC)

Re: done

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We're already doing great...30%! It's only been a half day of fundraising, as well.
Thank you so much!
[User Picture]From: obsequious
2008-02-15 12:03 am (UTC)

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Seriously, I can't give much, but I'm going to give what I have. When do you need this money by? I realize "tomorrow" is the best answer, but I may follow Benson's idea and sell my goods and donate what I make. A due date will help.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-16 06:04 pm (UTC)

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We're hoping to have 50% by this weekend to buy us some time. It looks like we're going to do it, as well. Thanks for raising money, and if there's anything I can do to help you let me know!
[User Picture]From: telecart
2008-02-15 12:15 am (UTC)

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Gave what I could with my puny Israeli sheqels..
Please keep updating.. I really wish there were more I could do.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-16 06:05 pm (UTC)

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Thank you so much for that!
[User Picture]From: obsequious
2008-02-15 12:41 am (UTC)

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And I want to re-emphasize that it really makes me sick to think of this going on. I do, however, think it is really awesome that you guys are pushing the issue and generating a lot of momentum. I really hope this comes to a positive conclusion very soon.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-16 06:07 pm (UTC)

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The outrage we all feel is what's driving this campaign so hard. We're all putting that anger to good use and hopefully some good will come of it.
[User Picture]From: fairytalevegas
2008-02-15 01:05 am (UTC)

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I would offer to sell photos for you, but I've already committed those to another organization.

I'm gonna see if I can donate some actual money. I wish I had something that'd raise big bucks.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-16 06:07 pm (UTC)

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Thanks so much for that :)
[User Picture]From: djeternaldarkne
2008-02-15 02:33 am (UTC)

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It's a small amount, but I threw in for him.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-16 06:07 pm (UTC)

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Thank you!
[User Picture]From: vivacious_g
2008-02-15 03:45 am (UTC)

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This makes me sick as well. You are both in my thoughts every day. Will be making a donation in a couple hours. Please let me know if there's anything else we can do. Reposting on all online communities that I'm in.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-16 06:08 pm (UTC)

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Hi Gret, thanks for your support through all of this.
[User Picture]From: yaruar
2008-02-15 09:57 am (UTC)

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i just realised the UAE embassy is next to my gym, i'm thinking next time i go i'll post them my sweaty soiled undercrackers in protest. OR maybe we should organise a group to go outside and rattle tins collecting donations.....

Lets hope you get all the money you need and that cat is home safe soon.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-16 06:08 pm (UTC)

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I wouldn't discourage you ;)
[User Picture]From: ulorin_vex
2008-02-15 10:21 am (UTC)

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I've given what I can for now until I get paid. If there's anything else I can do at all just let me know
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-16 06:09 pm (UTC)

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Thank you so much!
[User Picture]From: tequilazaire
2008-02-15 11:21 am (UTC)

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Done & done.

Damn weak dollar! Gave what I could as soon as I read this though. I'll pester those I know to do the same...cause this is really important. Him getting a lawyer is key in such a country.

[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-16 06:10 pm (UTC)

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It's ok, I think we're paying him in US currency, anyhow :)
Getting him a lawyer is literally the only way to bring him home an innocent man.
[User Picture]From: mupstasia
2008-02-15 02:28 pm (UTC)

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Gave what I could. Will also post this around my work as I have done the petition. I work for a trade union org so lots of very supportive people and we have campaigns to help people who have been wrongly jailed all the time. We work with Amnesty In'l sometimes too...I wonder if they can do anything as this is definatly a case of human rights injustice.

Best of luck and stay strong. xx
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-16 06:12 pm (UTC)

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Thanks for that! Amnesty have written back to us, and they've pointed us in the right direction. They only have the resources to deal with folks who are facing life and death scenarios, and Diz isn't going to be stoned to death he's just facing an unfair detention and trial. It was good of them to help link us to other organizations, though.
From: radha_stirling
2008-02-15 04:56 pm (UTC)

Fund Raising Update

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Total Amount Received: 125 donations received, total = £8,738.31 (almost 35% of total required)

We still need: £16,761.69

Donate Now & circulate:

http://www.freediz.com/
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[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-16 06:13 pm (UTC)

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That's really fantastic and thank you so much for going to all this effort for us.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-02-16 03:39 am (UTC)

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you don't know me, but i've been reading this and it breaks my heart. I couldn't give a lot at all, but i tried to help a little. As echoed above, another drop in the bucket. Best of luck to you.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-16 06:14 pm (UTC)

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Thanks for taking the time to drop in with your support, and certainly public outrage has been the momentum behind his campaign. I really appreciate your effort.
[User Picture]From: alrauun
2008-02-16 03:14 pm (UTC)

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hey dude, i tried to move somebody like newspaper here but nobody replied me yet.

I was thinking to begina boycott campaign against "Fly Emirates", what do you think about it?
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-16 06:15 pm (UTC)

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Under consideration, for sure, but we're holding out to see if justice prevails. If it doesn't, no holds barred, dude.
[User Picture]From: nic
2008-02-18 02:35 pm (UTC)

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You're doing a great job of keeping this front and centre in a lot of places. I read about Diz on Metafilter again today thinking, "Holy crap, nothing changed yet?"

I've added you to LJ to keep abreast, I hope that's ok. Sent some cash via Paypal, too.

Edited at 2008-02-18 02:35 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-18 10:42 pm (UTC)

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Hey, thanks for finding me. I'll add you back when I sign in again, and thank you for your support.
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[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-18 10:41 pm (UTC)

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What? Diz did that? :P
How very unlike him...I wonder if I was there?
I hope your friend comes home safe, and thanks for being so supportive.
[User Picture]From: nic
2008-02-19 05:14 pm (UTC)

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A different Dubai drugs story. Although he was caught bang to rights the price to be paid for such a minor thing is crazy.

"Radio 1 DJ Grooverider has been jailed for four years in Dubai after admitting cannabis possession."

-- http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/music/newsid_7252000/7252803.stm
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-19 07:53 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, actually when I last spoke to Diz he said he's in the same cell as Grooverider. He was sentenced today, four years, and he's been in lock-up since November. I know his story was so different from our, in the sense that he did technically break the law, the sentence is so unfairly heavy handed for the crime. This guy should have to pay a fine and be deported. Ridiculous.
[User Picture]From: zenseer
2008-02-19 06:45 pm (UTC)

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Just kicked my bit of PayPal chump change into the bucket just in case. I'd just buy Legos with it anyway :)

Continue to stay strong!


[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-19 07:53 pm (UTC)

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Legos are a noble and just cause :)
Thank you so much for that.