Arrested grandfather Steve Grant fears Ramadan spells lengthy wait in Dubai

Steve Grant pictured with his grandchildren Aishah and Faris
Steve Grant pictured with his grandchildren Aishah and Faris
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  • Southsea man concerned that his house arrest will linger on
  • Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond contacts him
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Southsea grandfather Steve Grant fears that there will be no quick end to his Dubai nightmare.

He is still under house arrest awaiting the results of a police inquiry into alleged threats to kill.

A lot less gets done once Ramadan starts, so I am hoping that something finally happens before then

Steve Grant

And with fasting month of Ramadan starting on Thursday, he is concerned that his wait since being held at the country’s airport in mid-April could last throughout the period in which working life in Muslim societies can considerably.

‘A lot less gets done once Ramadan starts, so I am hoping that something finally happens before then’ he said.

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond has contacted him and is seeking help from the UAE ambassador in London in getting police and prosecutors to make a decision on Mr Grant.

He was arrested en route to Oman in an effort to see his daughter Lacey Plato’s children Aishah, ten, and Faris, seven.

They were illegally taken from their Portsmouth home by their father Usama Al-Barwani. He is now in jail in the UK after defying a High Court order to return them.

Mr Grant denies allegations that he sent threatening phone messages to the children’s paternal grandfather, who lives in Dubai.