Glimmer of hope for Southsea grandfather held in Dubai

Steve Grant in Dubai
Steve Grant in Dubai
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SOUTHSEA grandfather Steve Grant has been given a glimmer of hope as he seeks to end his Dubai nightmare.

Mr Grant says he was encouraged after meeting a senior prosecutor after his arrest at an airport checkpoint in mid-April.

Hopefully this will be settled within a week

Steve Grant

The civil engineer was on his way to Oman in a bid to see his abducted grandchildren when he was held after allegations that he threatened to kill their paternal grandfather, who lives in Dubai.

Mr Grant strenuously denies he made a threat, but had his passport seized while police began an investigation.

He has waited for weeks without any hard news of progress but said he was encouraged by a meeting with a senior prosecutor.

‘I had to deliver a written memo to him laying out my side of the story’ said Mr Grant. ‘He told me that hopefully this will be settled within a week.’

The response has encouraged Mr Grant, who has run out of funds and now finds that friends of friends who gave him accommodation will soon need their spare room for other guests.

His case has been taken up by his MP Flick Drummond (Portsmouth South), who is seeking urgent answers from Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on the level of consular support given to her constituent.

And she has also contacted the United Arab Emirates ambassador in London, Abdulrahman Ghanem Almutaiwee, to raise Mr Grant’s plight with him.

Mr Grant was on his way to see his daughter Lacey Plato’s children Aishah, 10, and Faris, seven, who were taken illegally to Oman from their Portsmouth home by their father Usama Al-Barwani in 2012. He is in jail in the UK for defying a High Court order to return them.