Heavens, that is dreadful!
I hope it all goes well for him...
P.S Please pass on my good luck wishes to him!
I will do, for sure, and thanks!
2008-01-29 07:20 pm (UTC)
I will send him some good email this evening. I will keep you both in my bestt houghts. I will get this information through to some friends in Detroit who are from Dubai and well aware of these issues. They may be able to inform the right folks in Dubai to help Diz from the inside as it were.
Can you email me this post with all of the html for those links??
Hey Benson, will do, and you are a star!
I hope he comes through this ok and is released soon.
We were always going to visit a friend who lives in Dubai, thank god she is now coming home in a month because I am not keen on visiting anymore.
This is the very reason I want word to get out. So many Westerners are given the impression that Dubai is just like any other tourist destination, and wind up ensnared by their profiling techniques.
Thanks for your sentiment, and I'll pass it along.
OMG, how horrible. I have a friend who wants to be a nurse there, she doesn't do any drugs but the thought that she could be framed like that is terrifying. Thanks for posting this. Best of luck to your friend.
There's a massive ex-pat community in Dubai. They walk on eggshells, but generally have positive stories to tell of living and working there.
But you run the a risk with thweir 'don't ask don't tell' policy for Westerners: a glass of wine without your husbands permission: prison. Co-habiting with a room-mate of the opposite gender: prison. The list goes on.
Tell her to get a job in Miani if she like the beach :)
That's horrible, outrageous. My thoughts and best wishes are with you both.
Thank you, and I'll pass it along.
Oh. My. God.
My uplifting emails to Diz will shortly ensue.
Thank you, I'm sure he'd be very appreciative.
Posted to warrenellis.com, my LJ, my MySpace bulletin net, and my email list.
Warren, there are no words. Thank you so much for helping us get the word out there, and I hope some good will come of this.
I only heard about this through Warren, but I'll be passing this along to everyone I can. It's nigh unthinkable that in the CIVILIZED world we live in today this kind of bullshit can still happen.
Hi, and thanks for your involvement.
In any other country, if they don't like the look of you they send you home. I would like to see Dubai follow the example of the developed world by doing that rather than detaining and throwing tourists in prison. If word gets around, maybe things will change.
All my love to both of you, I cannot think of less deserving people for this to happen to.
Aye, this being the guy who offers shelter to his friends, loans money to anyone in need and subscribes to 'daily_puppy'.
We'll get him home, and thanks for the kind words.
*Offers utterly useless emotional support*
and am reposting this now.
No such thing as useless emotional support :)
Thank you very much for your help.
Oh my god, poor Diz, and poor you :(
I really hope everything works out okay x
We're alright, we're just taking it one day at a time. Things could still be a lot worse: had he failed the urine test there would be nothing the consulate could do, and that was our biggest worry.
Thanks for your support.
The best thing you can do right now is see if you can bring him a Koran.
They eat that shit up. If they see you giving him something to read and he eschews secular books for scripture, it may be your ace in the hole.
I used to deal with this all the time.
Magazines getting shredded, chess pieces (representing kings) getting nabbed.
Even had a walkman smashed for being a military communication device...
Did I mention that they HATE Asians?
Let me know what I can do to help.
Yeah, they're total raging racists there, and I fear not enough people are aware of this when they book a flight.
That's a very interesting and useful perspective, and thanks for that. I'll run it by Scotty and see what he has to say.
Diz says he's being treated well, which goes a long way to redeem them in my eyes. That was my primary worry, as I've read some horrific accounts by foreigners in custody there.
I'll be sure to give everyone the green light if this gets more serious, and thanks for your support.
I'm just reeling from all this bullshit, dawgg.
My best to Diz - he's in mine and Daniel's thoughts. Anything I can do - just say the word.
Thanks, dude, I'll definitely pass on your love to him.
I wish I could say that this story surprised me. It's absolutely ridiculous. I don't know any of you, or the person involved, but I heard this through Warren Ellis' bulletin on myspace and couldn't ignore it. Unfortunately it's gonna be one in, one out until someone actually decides to do something about people like this in power. Who does, though, right?
You have my full support and I hope this all works out for the best.
We're working on a website, which for now is designed as a tool for those who wish to visit or live there. We want to offer realistic advice and resources for those in need.
If they decide to press charges we'll wage a full-on campaign for his release, but we're abstaining until we have more news.
Ultimately, they need to change their policies to mime that of the developed world if they have the audacity to advertise themselves as a tourist destination. Right now what we can do is get the message across to potential tourists that this may not be their best option for a safe holiday, at least until Dubai updates it's strategy for dealing with visitors.
Thanks for your support, it means a lot to us.