A British businessman who fears he’ll stay in a Dubai jail cell till the day he dies has written to King Charles begging him to intercede.
Ryan Cornelius has made the plea forward of the King’s opening deal with on the United Nations Local weather Change Convention, COP 28, which takes place within the United Arab Emirates – which incorporates Dubai – this week.
A United Nations investigation has already dominated that his detention is unfair and referred to as for his launch.
Mr Cornelius, who has already served 15 years, is backed by a cross social gathering group of MPs, together with Conservative Iain Duncan Smith and Labour’s Chris Bryant, and by justice campaigner Invoice Browder. They’ve condemned his remedy as tantamount to a loss of life sentence.
King Charles is because of make the opening deal with on the Cop28 local weather change summit in Dubai this week
British businessman Ryan Cornelius has been in a Dubai jail cell for 15 years and fears he’ll spend the remainder of his life there
Dubai Central Jail, the place Mr Cornelius is held. The United Nations has described Mr Cornelius’s detention as arbitrary and has referred to as on the UAE to launch him
Charles and Camilla discuss to heikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai at Ascot in 2022
An early day movement calling for Mr Cornelius’s launch earlier this yr attracted assist from all the principle political events.
The 68-year-old businessman, a father of three, was arrested in 2008 on a stop-over at Dubai airport and convicted of fraud in a case described as a miscarriage of justice by his supporters.
Regardless that he has served his sentence, Mr Cornelius has been advised he should stay in jail till he repays his creditor – however he’s unable to take action because the Dubai authorities have seized his belongings.
In a letter to the King dictated from behind bars, Cornelius writes: ‘You might be because of go to the UAE for the 2023 United Nations Local weather Change Convention subsequent month, when you’ll most likely meet the Ruler.
‘He’s somebody who has lengthy valued his relationship with your loved ones, and I’m positive he’ll hearken to you.
‘With apologies as soon as extra for being so daring as to deal with you immediately, could I ask you to intercede with the Ruler of Dubai to point out clemency in the direction of me and my household.’
Mr Cornelius’s lawyer, Rhys Davies, hopes that the King’s go to will give him the possibility to induce Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and his authorities to launch Mr Cornelius and any British prisoners serving clearly disproportionate sentences.
‘We’ve got our King going to the UAE and opening this vital occasion and but we now have British residents who’re languishing in jail mere miles away and that should come to an finish,’ he mentioned.
‘The eyes of the world can be on the UAE.’
Mr Cornelius wrote to the King a month in the past. To date, his group has heard from neither the Palace nor the International Workplace.
Mr Cornelius had been a property developer within the Center East constructing an upmarket polo property when he was unexpectedly arrested in 2008 by plain-clothes policemen on a stop-over at Dubai airport.
Ryan, spouse Heather and their youngsters
Labour MP Chris Bryant has referred to as for the discharge of Mr Cornelius
Heather Cornelius and her youngsters have been left homeless after the Dubai authorities seized her husband’s belongings
He was ultimately sentenced to 10 years in jail for fraud, accused of breaking the phrases of a £372 million mortgage acquired from the Dubai Islamic Financial institution.
When he was due for launch, the UAE authorities prolonged his sentence by 20 years behind closed doorways with no trial.
Mr Cornelius didn’t have a attorneys current, was taken to a choose’s workplace with no discover and, say his supporters, blocked from making an enchantment.
When his belongings have been seized by the Dubai authorities, his spouse Heather and their three youngsters have been left and not using a dwelling.
In his letter to the King, Mr Cornelius continues: ‘I can be 84 earlier than I’m eligible for launch. However my captors inform me I’ll by no means be allowed out alive.
‘I have no idea why they’re doing this to me. They’ve already taken from me all the pieces which I ever possessed, I’m bankrupt and my household lives precariously in rented lodging within the UK.
‘I’m sick now and possibly don’t have for much longer to reside.’
The circumstances in Dubai Central Jail are notoriously unhealthy and Mr Cornelius suffered tuberculosis with no medical remedy obtainable to him for 18 months.
Mr Davies mentioned: ‘The circumstances of imprisonment don’t meet Western requirements.
‘These are circumstances the place medical remedy just isn’t given, air con is saved sufficiently low, they’re saved in circumstances of 12 levels inside their jail cells that are overcrowded, they usually have only one skinny blanket and the lights are saved on 24/7.
‘Any suggestion by the UAE that Ryan acquired a good trial is plainly unsuitable. Ryan was subjected to a grossly unfair trial course of.
‘The UAE has breached primary worldwide requirements in addition to its personal structure by imposing an unlawful retroactive sentence. The United Nations has additionally decided that Ryan has been arbitrarily detained and has referred to as for his instant launch.
Mrs Cornelius has spoken prior to now about her fears that her husband will cross away in jail.
Talking to MailOnline, she mentioned: ‘I consider they’re decided to maintain my husband in jail till he dies.
‘I’m terrified that he’ll cross away behind bars and that I’ll by no means get to see my husband once more.’
The UAE Embassy didn’t reply when requested for remark however has beforehand mentioned: ‘Ryan Cornelius illegally obtained a mortgage of £372 million, by bribing workers members at Dubai Islamic Financial institution.
Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith believes Mr Cornelius’s remedy is unjust
The Cornelius household. Ryan believes he may by no means see them once more
‘Following a good trial by which all due processes have been adopted, Mr Cornelius was sentenced to 10 years in jail, which was later lawfully prolonged as he had didn’t repay the creditor (Dubai Islamic Financial institution) throughout this time – which is according to UAE legislation.
‘The whereabouts of the funds Mr Cornelius obtained are unknown.
‘The UAE judicial system is unbiased and equitable and ensures the obligatory presence of a translator in any respect levels, the proper to hunt a lawyer in any respect levels, the supply of a lawyer on the state’s expense if the defendant can not appoint authorized counsel, and the proper to enchantment.
‘According to worldwide requirements, the UAE has stringent legal guidelines, rules and procedures in place to make sure the bodily and psychological wellbeing of detainees in its prisons.’
A spokesman for the International, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace mentioned: ‘We’re supporting a British man detained within the UAE and have constantly raised his case with the UAE authorities.’