UAE/UK Prisoner Swap Deal Agreed

British Citizens in prison in the UAE could serve out sentences in the UK
Thursday , 14 February 2013
UAE/UK Prisoner Swap Deal Agreed

Some British and Emirati prisoners could soon be allowed to serve their sentences back in their home countries, but only if their crimes are recognised as against the law in both the UK and UAE.

The agreement, which was signed at the end of January, is already law in the UAE and will become so in the UK in a matter of weeks, but it's not all good news. Brits serving sentences in Dubai for crimes such as bouncing cheques won't benefit as this is not considered against the law in the UK.

Edward Hobart, the UK’s consul general to Dubai said, "There must be reciprocity in the crimes, the crimes have to be recognised in the two jurisdictions. It can cover any prisoner where there is a reciprocal crime, so theft in one country is theft in the other country. We do expect there will be prisoners who will be able to benefit from it. It’s in everybody’s interests – it’s in the prisoners' interests, it’s in their families’ interests, and there’s no requirement from either the UAE or the UK side for people to serve their sentences in one particular country or the other."