KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — Malaysian citizen Richard Lau who has been detained in Dubai since April last year is set to be released soon thanks to the collaboration of Wisma Putra and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government.
According to Detained in Dubai, an international authority on UAE law, officials in Ras Al Khaimah has declared intention to resolve the case immediately and release Lau on bail.
“We are so relieved that Richard’s plight is almost over. We express our heartfelt thanks to Detained in Dubai who supported him and led the campaign for his release,” Lau’s family said in a statement.
“We are touched that our foreign minister Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman personally looked into this case and spoke directly with UAE authorities,” the family added.
Detained in Dubai chief executive Radha Stirling said he was glad both, the Malaysian and UAE governments, played a role in assisting the release of Lau, who has been detained for 10 months without a charge made on him.
“Richard (Lau) has been detained without charge for over 10 months, precisely because there is no evidence to justify his detention.
“This should be disturbing for anyone considering visiting or investing in Ras Al Khaimah,” he said.
Lau, 41, was reportedly sent to Ras Al Khaimah by a Malaysian maritime transport company based in Miri, as a project coordinator at its subsidiary there, five years ago.
News report said Lau was detained following complaints made by a UAE citizen who is a partner of the subsidiary company, claiming the former embezzled wage money from the company.