‘He is going out of his mind’ - family of Portsmouth grandfather stuck in Dubai

Steve Grant remains stranded in Dubai
Steve Grant remains stranded in Dubai

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The family of a Portsmouth grandfather stranded in Dubai are trying to keep his spirits up.

Steve Grant, from Southsea, has been unable to leave Dubai since having his passport confiscated in mid-April as he sought to catch a connecting flight to Oman.

Mr Grant’s brother John has explained Steve’s frustration at being stuck there for weeks.

‘We are trying to keep Steve in control, keep him calm, and trying to find something to keep him occupied,’ John said.

‘He is going out of his mind, thinking “what if this situation never gets resolved”.

‘We are just trying to keep his spirits up really. But he has got no money to go anywhere - he is in captivity.

‘He had another meeting with a prosecutor yesterday, but they said the paperwork isn’t right and he would have to go back to the police again.

‘It is a catalogue of frustration as each week goes by.’

Steve is currently staying with a friend of a friend, and has criticised Portsmouth City Council for allowing Emirates to sponsor the Spinnaker Tower, which has added to his frustration at what he sees as a lack of support from back home.

He was on his way to Oman to try to deliver a video message from his daughter Lacey Plato to her children Aishah, ten, and Faris, seven.

She has had no contact with them since November last year when her estranged partner Usama Al-Barwani was jailed for defying a High Court order to return the children to the UK.

He had illegally taken them to Oman in 2012 after visiting them at their Portsmouth home.

Mr Grant had hoped to reassure the children, who are with relatives of Mr Al-Barwani in Oman and who have apparently been told that their mother is dead.

But his journey ended abruptly when he was detained at Dubai airport and accused of making threats to kill Mr Al-Barwani’s father in an exchange of phone messages.

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