Jan 9, 2014

Dubai businessman’s lawyer: consular help an Australian right

Australians must be able to depend on their government for help overseas, writes John Sneddon, lawyer for Australian businessman Marcus Lee. Lee was thrown in jail in Dubai for four years for a crime he did not commit.

On Australia Day 2009, the Dubai Police invited Marcus Lee to attend a meeting that afternoon to assist them with “inquiries”. Upon arrival at Police HQ, he was accused of fraud, arrested without charge and thrown in jail. He spent the next nine months in three Middle Eastern prisons — the first two months in solitary confinement.

He was finally released on bail in October 2009 and spent the next four years under house arrest as his case slowly ground its way through the Dubai legal system. Marcus was finally acquitted in May last year, and when the Dubai prosecutor appealed, his acquittal was again upheld by the Court of Appeal last November. He is, and always has been, an innocent man. I am his lawyer and have represented him throughout the ordeal.

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2 thoughts on “Dubai businessman’s lawyer: consular help an Australian right

  1. NJCC

    Good article. It seems to be a silly populist idea that governments like to run every now and then. Surely the practical impact would just be a lot of people in need filing for bankruptcy on top of their other woes. The government wouldn’t actually recover anything.

  2. Chris Hartwell

    It seems another ideological knee-jerk reaction by this government to transition every service to user-pays (and privatised if at all possible)

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