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british worker thrown in dubai prison for asking crooked car dealer "how do you sleep at night?" message on whatsapp

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british worker thrown in dubai prison for asking crooked car dealer "how do you sleep at night?" message on whatsapp

i was once invited to attend an event in dubai, but after i read stories of people going to prison there for stupid reasons (like a man from britain who received a four year prison sentence when customs officers found a microscopic speck of cannabis stuck to the bottom of his shoe, and a another man who went to prison for "possession of three poppy seeds left over from a bread roll he ate at heathrow airport") i bowed out. (you can also be imprisoned for having sex if you aren't married.)

here's another reason never to set foot in dubai: you can be imprisoned for complaining about being ripped off. yaseen killick, 29, was working as an estate agent in dubai and bought a used vw golf for £6,000. it broke down the same day he bought it, and then he learned that the car had been a write-off. so he sent a whatsapp message to the dealer that said: "how do you sleep at night knowing you are ripping people off?" he was arrested and imprisoned for three weeks.

from the sun:

yaseen, who had moved to the gulf state with his wife robyn, 31, was arrested after the man complained to cops.

he spent three weeks behind bars — and was then kicked out of the country.

yaseen said: “it was a nightmare. the prison conditions were horrific. i was treated appallingly — all for sending a whatsapp message.”

image: smog on sheikh zayed road in dubai by mahaodeh/wikipedia. public domain