I've been away from livejournal for a while, I have come back on to keep up with a very disturbing situation that is happening to a very undeserving person. My friend _yungfuktoi_
's partner has been unjustly imprisoned in Dubai for carrying melatonin on him when entering the country. He is lookng at possibly 4 years in prison for an over the counter drug that can be purchased anywhere in Dubai. More info anf updates can be found on her lj, here's the initial rundown:
URGENT SITUATION please read and pass along
On Saturday, my best friend and partner, Cat Le-huy (aka Diz) was arrested at Dubai Airport for having melatonin on his person, an over-the-counter jet lag aid. They stripped him, submitted him to urine testing, forced him to sign documents in Arabic, which he didn't understand. During the searched the literally scraped the bottom of his bag for fragments of dirt which
they are now alleging is 'hashish'.
He now faces four years in Dubai prison for 'drug smuggling'.
He is totally innocent of all charges, but in Dubai there is no 'due process'. We need your help to collect as many signatures as possible, and if there is anything you feel you can do to help us
secure his release we would be so grateful.PetitionFull storyOn CoilhouseOn boingboingOn Warren EllisBBCThe
Evening StandardThe RegisterThe Daily RecordFacebook1Facebook2BBC World Service interview
with both me and Fair Trials International (38 minutes in)
Complete list of publications here
Regular updates on his situation will be posted on my
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you know, and I'm both overwhelmed and humbled by the support we've been given. Thank you so