Dubai drops charges against charity-promoting Briton

Sunday 25/09/2016
He was arrested on July 28 for breaching new law

DUBAI - Dubai prosecutors have dropped charges against a British-Australian man who used social media to highlight the work of an Afghan refugee charity, a local newspaper said on Sunday.

Scott Richards, 41, was arrested on July 28 for allegedly breaching a new law on promoting foreign charities, but he was released on bail last month.

"Dubai Public Prosecution confirmed that no criminal case will proceed," 7Days daily reported on its website.

Richards grew up in Adelaide in Australia and then lived in London, before moving to Dubai about eight years ago, according to UK-based campaign group Detained in Dubai.

He is married and has two sons aged 14 and three.

Richards came across the charity during a visit to Afghanistan, where he worked as an economic development policy adviser for the government, according to his brother Brett Richards.