x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Will the first UAE-UK extradition send a message to criminals that they have nowhere to hide?

In the first case of a suspect being extradited from the UAE to Britain, a Dubai resident accused of stabbing a man to death in Birmingham three years ago has been flown back to the UK to face charges. The countries ratified a reciprocal extradition treaty last year. The UAE has signed a number of such agreements with other countries in recent years as it seeks to make it more difficult for foreign criminals to find refuge here. Will the first extradition from the UAE to the UK send a message to criminals that they have nowhere to hide? Will it erode the image of Dubai and the UAE as a safe haven for those on the run?