On June 21 an Emirates flight attendant was arrested in Dubai while on a first date.
UAE police raided the man’s apartment while they were both there, and found two joints of marijuana. Police took them both into custody, and she’s been held ever since. Reports are that the 23 year old British expat, Derrin Crawford, has fallen ill with septic tonsilitis while in jail.
You might wonder, if she was ‘back at his place’ and there were drugs, maybe she was smoking a joint on her date – no big deal in many U.S. states but strictly forbidden in the U.A.E. Except that she was reportedly tested for drugs and the test came back negative, so not only weren’t the drugs hers she wasn’t doing any either. She just happened to be in the vicinity of drugs – and didn’t even know it.
Derrin Crawford has already tested negative for drugs & has cooperated with police. There is absolutely no reason to hold Derrin in jail. @KimJohnsonMP is doing an amazing job to help #FreeDerrin @PatrickMoodyFCO @ukinuae @HHShkMohd @DubaiPoliceHQ @detainedindubai
— Radha Stirling – CEO @detainedindubai 🇺🇸🇦🇺🇬🇧 (@RadhaStirling) July 7, 2020
Ms. Crawford has been “living off bread, jam and water since being detained.” because Dubai jails must all be run by local Joe Arpaios.
There’s a change.org petition with around 15,000 signatures seeking action by U.K. leadership as the young woman is a British citizen.
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So proud of my baby sister💖gone and passed all her exams and now has her wings. Time to have fun and explore the 🌍 now. You should be so proud of yourself Derrin, keep doing you and working on yourself. Mum and auntie would be so proud😇 Can’t wait to see you miss you loads😘😘
In the U.S. civil asset forfeiture allows governments to take property that is somehow incidentally connected to drugs. Apparently in the U.A.E. they can take people.