Being at the wrong place at the wrong time came close to costing a 23-year-old Emirates flight attendant her life. But after two months of detention, Derrin Crawford is out of jail…for now at least. But until we have confirmation she is back on UK soil, we should not be so quick to celebrate.
Emirates Flight Attendant Released From Prison
I wrote about Crawford’s saga last month. As told by Crawford’s attorney, Crawford was on a date with a British expat she had met a week earlier when police raided his apartment. Crawford was arrested on “suspicion of possession of illegal narcotics with intent to supply” after two marijuana joints and some pills were found. A drug test was performed and came back negative: nothing was found in her system.
This occurred on June 21st. She remained in jail in Dubai’s notorious Al Barsha prison for two months before being released over the weekend. Over the past two months, her family claims she was fed a diet of bread and water and her health had deteriorated.
It isn’t clear if she will still be charged or has been allowed to leave Dubai. Kim Johnson, her MP, tweeted this:
Delighted to hear from the family that Derrin Crawford has been released from Dubai detention. Thanks to all who supported Derrin. Looking forward to seeing her back in Liverpool
— Kim Johnson MP (@KimJohnsonMP) August 22, 2020
But that is hardly proof she is safely home in the UK (as some of the tabloids have claimed).
Oddly, we have no further updates from her family, from Emirates, from the UK Government, or from Dubai authorities. You would think that if she returned to the UK that would be known…
In Dubai, possessing recreational drugs carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years and being convicted of possession of drugs with intent to distribute carries a fine of up to life imprisonment. Crawford was originally accused of intending to distribute.
Here’s the scary thing. The UAE has a bail system as well. It also could effectively trap Crawford in the UAE by taking her passport. It may be that she was released from jail and is still awaiting potential charges from the prosecutor.
At least as of early this morning, continue to mark this story as developing.
I can only imagine what it must feel like to be falsely accused of a crime and face two months of prison as a result. We don’t know the whole story, though. We have only heard Crawford’s side and not even from her directly. In any case, hopefully Crawford is now in a safer place, whether in Dubai or back in the UK. It doesn’t appear she is out of the woods yet…
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image: Derrin Crawford / Instagram