Travelling is kind of a mine field at the best of times, and often the (for lack of a better term) arrogance of being a westerner means you’re not exactly clued in on the various local customs and laws of other countries.
“He himself is holding up well. It’s not nice. They only get 10 minutes of sunshine once a week.”
Richards also reportedly is only allowed to change clothes once every seven days, and has to buy water.
The detention, which is arbitrary, is not uncommon in the UAE, and could see Richards held for an indefinite period of time without charge or prosecution. Radha Stirling from advocacy group Detained in Dubai explains thusly:
“There are constantly expats falling foul of the law and also being victims of other people because it’s so easy in the UAE for an individual to take out a police complaint against someone.”“There are so many laws, it’s so different, yet so many expats, but UAE doesn’t make any effort to inform expats.”“In a case like this where it’s so obviously unjust we are hoping for diplomatic intervention which the Australian Government has done in the past.”
The Australian Consulate in the UAE is aware of Richards’ case, and is in contact with the UK Embassy who is handling the case due to Richards’ status as a dual-national.