THE Southsea grandfather under house arrest in Dubai has pleaded with the British Embassy to do more to help him.
Steve Grant, 58, was detained by police at the Gulf state’s airport more than five weeks ago.
Why can’t they act to help a British citizen being held against his will?Steve Grant
He was about to catch a connecting flight to Oman, where his young children are living after they were abducted from Portsmouth by their father.
Mr Grant was held at Dubai because the children’s paternal grandfather, who lives there, had alleged he had been threatened with death in a series of phone messages between the two men.
‘I’ve been in touch with the embassy but they say that they cannot act because a police investigation is ongoing’ said Mr Grant.
‘But nothing is happening here and I cannot understand why they cannot make representations on my behalf.
‘We have enormous trade and defence links with Dubai and they are happy to talk then, so why can’t they act to help a British citizen being held against his will?’
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office says it is giving Mr Grant advice but insists it cannot intervene in the case.
A spokesman said: ‘We are providing consular assistance to a British national in Dubai. However, we cannot interfere in another country’s legal processes just as they cannot interfere in ours.’
Mr Grant, who has found accommodation in Duba with a friend of a friend, says he is fast running out of money after having to pay £6,000 up front to hire a lawyer.
He had been travelling to Oman to deliver a video message from his daughter, Lacey Plato, to her children, Aishah, ten, and Faris, seven. Ms Plato has not been able to contact them via the internet since last November when her estranged partner, Usama Al-Barwani, was jailed for contempt by the High Court.
He had refused to comply with a court order to return the children, who are British citizens, to the UK.