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Is Liz Truss fit to be Prime Minister? The Gulf in Justice Podcast asks Brits detained abroad

Is Liz Truss fit to be Prime Minister? GULF IN JUSTICE PODCAST asks Brits detained abroad

Gulf prisoners & human rights victims say “Liz Truss UNFIT for PM” “If she can’t even discharge her duties as Foreign Minister”, says a British grandfather locked up in Dubai, “how on earth is she fit to run the country? She doesn't deserve a promotion, she deserves to be fired!” At least thirteen Dubai prisoners were asked to sign an agreement that they would be happy to be transferred back to the UK. “The men who signed an agreement for a prisoner exchange were elated to be coming home, especially grandfather Albert Douglas who has been officially confirmed to have been beaten and tortured by prison guards”, explains Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai who regularly works with MP’s and the British government to help Brits detained abroad. “It was expected the prisoner transfer would come as part of the trade meetings held with Liz Truss and the Gulf nations. MP’s, Liz Truss and the Foreign Office were fully aware of these progressions but when it came to the time of the meeting, trade deals were wholly prioritised over British citizens.”

Albert Douglas has been rotting in prison for over 18 months for bounced cheques he didn’t even write. He was humiliated, beaten, tortured and his bones were broken. Albert is now calling on human rights supporters and MPs to reject Truss’ bid for office. “Liz Truss has been fully aware of my predicament and of the torture I was subjected to”, Albert tells Detained in Dubai from within the prison walls. “Despite serious brutality, she did nothing to get me home and has even ruined the prisoner relocation that the UAE authorities had set up. Truss has abandoned us, can’t even remember our names and is wholly unsuitable as a foreign secretary, let alone the leader of our country. Former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt had previously negotiated the release of Matthew Hedges who had been held on allegations of espionage. Stirling commented, “Hunt made statements to the media in the case of Laleh Shahravesh who was arrested over a Facebook post, then advocated for Hedges and criticised the FCDO for their lack of intervention in Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s detention in Iran. We have seen no such vigour from Truss who does not appear to understand that the rights of British citizens and human rights generally do not need to be sacrificed to secure trade deals.” British citizen Chris Emms has been detained in Saudi for six months after the USA issued an Interpol Red Notice against him for allegedly violating US sanctions. With US and British ties becoming closer post-brexit, It appears the US is testing the UK to see what they can get away with. This is clearly a violation of British sovereignty, international law, Interpol protocols and UN principles. An application has been submitted to the United Nations for the arbitrary detention of 30 year old Christopher Emms. Neither Liz Truss nor the Foreign Office have made any diplomatic efforts with Saudi Arabia or the USA. Felicity Buchan, MP has also been lobbying Truss on behalf of young footballer, Billy Hood, who was detained over CBD oil left in his car by a friend who he was dropping off at the airport. Billy has been in abysmal conditions, denied medication and medical attention when suffering from an ear infection. He has been beaten by prison guards in Abu Dhabi and threatened to the point where he is now afraid to publicly lobby for help. The FCDO and Liz Truss have done nothing to intervene or diplomatically resolve his case, despite it being covered extensively in the media and on #BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain etc. Felicity Buchan asked a Question to Liz Truss in Parliament last year in December regarding both Billy and Albert. Truss gave a wishy washy response and did not act on the request. The USA, Malaysia, Canada, Australia and a number of other countries have all intervened and retrieved their citizens in these circumstances. It is shocking that he is still in prison. The US would not allow this for their citizens. Where a State has committed human rights violations against British citizens, one would expect it to be of paramount importance to the Foreign Minister and that any such victims would be returned home immediately. Instead, Liz Truss can not even remember the names or cases of anyone she has helped or any time she has challenged a gulf state on human rights abuses. This is despite these cases being put in front of her on a regular basis by Members of Parliament In contrast, Jeremy Hunt as Foreign Minister advocated publicly for individual British detainees. #extradition #fcdo #foreignoffice #fco #jeremyhunt #interpol #liztruss #radhastirling #detainedindubai #uae #saudi #crypto #bitcoin #fbimostwanted #dubai #abudhabi #humanrights #torture #unitednations #GulfinJustice #podcast


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