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.