A 75-year-old British is at risk of being jailed in Dubai for going to his neighbours' house to ask them to turn down music
Ian MacKeller, a 75-year-old Briton who came to the United Arab Emirates to visit his daughter and spend time with his granddaughter, came under the attention of law enforcement. He is facing imprisonment after his neighbours reported him to the police.
According to The Mirror, on January 1 at night, the pensioner went to a neighbouring house to ask the company that was listening to music loudly to turn down the volume. However, no one answered his call, and then the Briton decided to go inside through the garden, where a New Year's party was taking place.
The neighbours met the intruder with a young child in his arms with a scandal. According to the Briton, they poured a drink on him and his granddaughter, shouted at him, and then started pushing him.
A police report was filed against the man for entering someone else's home without permission. Now the 75-year-old man is not allowed to leave the country, and in the worst case, he even faces imprisonment.
Radha Stirling, a lawyer and head of Detained in Dubai, the organization helping Ian, said, "It is standard practice in Dubai to file a police report in advance when there is a risk that you will be reported. The prosecution tends to side with the first person to file a police report, so if someone takes the risk of filing a report themselves, they will quickly file a report against the real victim."
According to the lawyer, this is not the first time that people familiar with Dubai's laws have done this to foreigners, receiving financial compensation from them and withdrawing the complaint without bringing it to court.
The pensioner was supposed to fly to Scotland on January 10, but because of the criminal case, he was far from home. In addition, if the case is not resolved amicably, he may well end up behind bars, the lawyer explained.