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