‘Fake note’ Scot ‘robbed’ of time with dy­ing mum

The Scotsman - - Features - By JAMES DELANEY

A Scot who was held in Dubai and threat­ened with a year in jail over a coun­ter­feit £20 has said that his de­ten­tion “robbed” him of vi­tal hours with his dy­ing mother.

Billy Bar­clay, 31, from Ed­in­burgh was on hol­i­day in Dubai when he was ar­rested over the coun­ter­feit £20 charge that he had al­ready been cleared of on a pre­vi­ous trip.

He was taken away from his fam­ily, shak­led on his hands and feet dur­ing his de­ten­tion. While he was held, his mother suf­fered a “mas­sive stroke” and yes­ter­day he told the BBC he was de­nied valu­able time with her be­fore she be­came too ill to re­spond. She died last week­end.

He says his fam­ily tried to let the Dubai au­thor­i­ties know that his mother was crit­i­cally ill but they were told by the For­eign Of­fice that it could be seen as “emo­tional black­mail”.

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