UK News Man caught up in UAE counterfeit banknote case happy to be home

12:30  06 october  2017
12:30  06 october  2017 Source:   pressassociation.com

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A father who faced being jailed in the United Arab Emirates over an alleged counterfeit £20 note said he was looking forward to seeing his children and eating The 31-year-old plasterer from Edinburgh was told he could face up to a year in jail in the UAE , a £1,000 fine and deportation back to the UK.

A father who faced being jailed in the United Arab Emirates over an alleged counterfeit £20 note said he was looking forward to seeing his children and eating The 31-year-old plasterer from Edinburgh was told he could face up to a year in jail in the UAE , a £1,000 fine and deportation back to the UK.

William Barclay kisses his partner Monique (Conor Riordan/PA) © Provided by The Press Association William Barclay kisses his partner Monique (Conor Riordan/PA)

A father who faced being jailed in the United Arab Emirates over an alleged counterfeit £20 note said he was looking forward to seeing his children and eating “good food” after landing in Glasgow.

William Barclay, known as Billy, was stopped on his return to Dubai International Airport in September after an incident in 2016 when he tried to exchange money at the Al Hamra Mall in Ras Al Khaimah.

The 31-year-old plasterer from Edinburgh was told he could face up to a year in jail in the UAE, a £1,000 fine and deportation back to the UK.

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Jamie Harron, 27, from Stirling, arrived at Glasgow after being exonerated by Sheikh Mohammed, the UAE prime minister.

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Shortly after 8pm on Thursday he was met at the airport with a kiss and hug from his partner Monique after charity Detained in Dubai helped secure his release.

William Barclay © Provided by The Press Association William Barclay Mr Barclay said: “It’s a massive relief. I’m stuck over there running out of money, just worrying about looking at potentially a year in prison for a being a victim of something that should never have happened.

“My main focus now is just to get back to my two kids and my partner Monique, who’s fought hard to get me home, along with all my family.

“The worst part was obviously prison, being locked up and away from your family.

“I couldn’t go back to that country, not after the way they’ve treated me. After the second time, what they’ve done to me is horrendous.”

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He had been accused of being in possession of counterfeit cash last year and questioned by detectives for 12 hours before being told no charges would be brought and was allowed to continue his family holiday.

Despite his ordeal, Mr Barclay, his wife Monique and two children returned to the country on September 15 this year and he was stopped at the airport.

Authorities arrested him for possessing counterfeit money and he was taken from his family and questioned by Ras Al Khaimah police for three days.

He was then released but his passport was confiscated and he stayed in a £120-a-night hotel awaiting the outcome of the case against him.

Mr Barclay added: “I was just glad to get out, see my family – that was the most important thing.

“I didn’t know if my family was safe, I didn’t know if they made (it to) the hotel. Nobody would let me call them.”

On Wednesday, it was confirmed the case against him had been dropped and he would be able to return home.

The father-of-two maintains his innocence and that he has no idea how he came into possession of the counterfeit cash.

He also criticised how the UK embassy handled the situation, claiming he had no help.

The first thing Mr Barclay said he was looking forward to at home was seeing his children, having some “good food” and relaxing.

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