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UK and Australian citizen Scott Richards held in Dubai

19 August 2016

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 was held for three weeks without charge but has now been charged with fundraising without permission.

Laws created last year prohibit donations or advertising fundraising campaigns without prior written approval from the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai.

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