Nightmare gets even worse for Portsmouth grandfather held in Dubai

Steve Grant in Dubai, where he is being held under house arrest.
Steve Grant in Dubai, where he is being held under house arrest.

Daughter screamed as Portsmouth mother ‘grabbed her hair’ in assault

  • Steve Grant left penniless by long wait
  • Passport seized as he travelled to Oman to see abducted grandchildren
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DESPERATE grandfather Steve Grant faces being left homeless and penniless in Dubai.

The Southsea civil engineer is due to meet diplomats at the British Embassy tomorrow to plead for help as his nightmare gets even worse.

I now have no money left and so cannot book in anywhere. I shall have to go to the embassy and say “I have nowhere to stay - what are you going to do about it?”

Steve Grant

Mr Grant has been under house arrest since mid-April after being held at Dubai airport as he travelled to Oman in a bid to see his abducted grandchildren.

He was accused of sending threatening messages to their paternal grandfather, who lives in Dubai, and had his passport confiscated as police launched an investigation.

Since then Mr Grant has been unable to leave the country, staying first at a hotel and then, as his funds ran low, at the home of a friend of a friends.

But now that family have visitors arriving from the UK meaning there will no room for him to stay beyond early next week.

‘They have been so very kind to me and I understand completely that I need to try to find somewhere new.

‘But I now have no money left and so cannot book in anywhere. I shall have to go to the embassy and say “I have nowhere to stay - what are you going to do about it?”’

Mr Grant and his family have been frustrated by what they see as insufficient action by British diplomats since his arrest.

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond has taken up his case and is seeking urgent answers from Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on what is being done to help him.

Mr Grant had been travelling to Oman to try to deliver a video message from his daughter Lacey Plato to her children Aishah, ten, and Faris, 7.

They were taken illegally from their Portsmouth home in 2012 by Ms Plato’s estranged partner Usama Al-Barwani, who is now in prison in the UK for being in contempt of court for refusing to return the children, who are both British citizens.

Since Mr Al-Barwani was jailed on his return to the UK last November, his relatives in Oman have prevented Ms Lacey from making any contact with the children.

When she called their school in Oman she was told they had been removed from the education system and told that their mother was dead.

The News has launched a petition calling on the UK Government to do more to help secure his release.