Monday, March 25, 2019

Fact Not Fiction

The following report was written by a friend who has now left Dubai, it gives good insight into how the Prison and Judicial System is run. I take no responsibity for the accuracy of this report and am printing it in good faith. Part 2 to follow tomorrow:

"You will be taken to the police station that is local to where the incident occurred. Where no-one will tell you much, and you'll end up in one of the cells, these aren't particularly nice places and everyone will try to rip you off, so if you have some cash (you'll be searched before you go in, so no mobiles etc.) keep it secure and don't "large it". You can buy phonecards for access to the telephone, you will not be given a fee phone call, you can buy toiletries and snacks inside but they'll be at rip-off prices, ie 1 packet of cigarettes AED50!! You won't (unless it's very, very quiet) get a bed, you'll be lucky to get a mattress and blanket, the showers are disgusting, the toilets even worse. Ring your Embassy by all means, but they can't get you out...

You may be offered bail at this point if you're a good blagger, but usually you wont.

By law you MUST be seen by the public prosecutor within 48 hours of arrest (unless unfit by drink, injury or drugs), in order to satisfy this requirement you will be seen by a Police Officer within 24 hours of your arrest where you will be asked about the circumstances of the incident. TELL THE TRUTH. It'll be worse for you if you don't.

You will be asked to sign a document in Arabic, up to you, you don't know what you're signing and if it goes to court then your signature is on it, so tough. You can demand that it gets translated into your mother tongue BUT this will slow down the process.

When you get to the Public Prosecutor (PP) (Neeabba (phonetically)), you wait for ages - it can be 2am when you're called to go, he conducts the interrogation in Arabic, you should have a translator, an English translator is always there, if you speak Spanish only (for example) then you'll need to wait for a few more days in the cells until you can be seen with a translator. You will be asked to sign your statement that's written in Arabic, again, up to you, if you refuse, the document will go to the translation dept in the PP's office, when it comes out in your language sign it. While you're at the PP's office ask for bail, the PP will decide whether or not he's going to give you it and under what circumstances. It will always include your's and, if you only have a visit visa, another passport with valid residency stamp. KEEP THIS DOCUMENT (even though it's written in Arabic) you'll need it to get bail.

Assuming bail conditions can be satisfied, you can be bailed at the police station of your arrest for a period of x days.

Take a note of your case number, you can get updates of what is happening by calling the PP's call centre on 700040000, then 2,1,7, (it's a "Push 2 for English" type system), but you need either the case number (on top of the document from PP or the police file number, on your arrest paper - both in Arabic)"

to be continued ...

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