British flight attendant, 23, finally released from Dubai prison after months behind bars


A British flight attendant detained in a Dubai prison for two months has reportedly been released.Liverpool flight attendant Derrin Crawford was reportedly arrested on June 21 alongside a man she had only met for the first time that night after police reportedly found two joints of cannabis in his apartment.

The two were on a first date, and both were arrested after police raided the house.

The 23-year-old woman, who works as a cabin crew for Emirates, has learned that she will be released if she passes a drug test.

But despite testing negative, she was detained, sparking fears for her well-being behind bars during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ms Crawford spent two months behind bars while claiming she had committed no crime

Derrin’s family are increasingly concerned for her well-being in Al-Barsha prison where they said she lived on bread, jam and water.

But now, according to MP Kim Johnson, Derrin has now been released from detention, reports the Liverpool Echo.

In a Sunday August 23 update, the Riverside MP said she spoke to Derrin’s family after his release.

Ms Johnson said: “Delighted to hear from the family that Derrin Crawford has been released from detention in Dubai.

“Thanks to everyone who supported Derrin. Hope to see her again in Liverpool. ”

In a previous interview with MailOnline, 23-year-old sister Danielle, 28, said that Derrin, who lost her mother at the age of 11, moved to Dubai in September 2018 after getting a dream job with Emirates.

Dubai’s Al Barsha prison, where Derrin is being held, has been reported as a health risk due to Covid-19 fears

Danielle said, “She’s innocent. She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The police tried to question her, but they don’t even know this guy.

“When she was arrested, the police took her phone. She managed to call me a few days later as she was transferred to prison. At first, I didn’t understand what she was saying because she was crying and crying. She did not do it. t eat or sleep for days.

“She doesn’t drink or smoke and has a good job with Emirates, so it’s a shame that she got caught up in all of this. She is only 23 years old and so scared. ”

The Foreign Office told Echo it supports Derrin and has been in contact with UAE authorities.

The creator of a petition set up for Derrin wrote: “Derrin had a difficult life after losing his mother at age 11 and soon after his aunt who was his secondary caregiver.

The 23-year-old stewardess has been locked up for months

“Moving to Dubai was a dream come true for her, now it’s a nightmare.

“This petition aims to raise awareness and draw the attention of UK government officials at the Foreign Office, Dominic Raab (Minister of Foreign Affairs) and Simon McDonald (Head of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service).

« [They] have the power to push / talk more with government officials in Dubai to free her or at least bring her back to her family in UK. She is young, innocent and is living a nightmare. ”

The Foreign Ministry was not immediately available to confirm the information, as services in Dubai remain closed for the Islamic New Year holidays.


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