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Tuesday 17 October 2017

British-Australian man bailed in Dubai after charity charge

Scott Richards has been bailed (Detained in Dubai photo via AP)
Scott Richards has been bailed (Detained in Dubai photo via AP)

A British-Australian man held in Dubai over a charge related to his promotion of a charity has been freed on bail, his supporters have said.

Scott Richards is back in his Dubai home with his family, according to Radha Stirling, of the advocacy group Detained in Dubai.

Stirling said no trial date has been set in Richards' case, which involves his advocacy for a charity buying tarps for those living in Charahi Qambar, a community of mud homes near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Richards' case appears to be the first prosecuted under a new Dubai law that regulates charities amid regional concerns about cash donations reaching extremists.

However, his supporters say the regulations can be applied to anyone wanting to do good by donating to international causes or even talking about them online.

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