Friday, 19 August 2016 - 11:01
UK and Australian citizen Scott Richardson held in Dubai
A 42-year-old man has been arrested in Dubai and held without charge for three weeks after sharing a charity post on his Facebook page.
Scott Richards, who holds both British and Australian citizenship, promoted a charity drive to buy blankets and tarpaulins for refugees in Afghanistan.
Strict new laws prohibit the operation of any charity not registered in the United Arab Emirates.
Mr Richards has been denied bail and access to legal representation.
Laws created last year prohibit donations or advertising fundraising campaigns without prior written approval from the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai.
Penalties for violating the law include prison terms between two months and one year and a fine of up to 100,000 dirhams (£20,000, $27,000).