Have a friend in Dubai in need of some assistance…

Greetings all,

I’m sure that we’ve all been in a position where we wish that we could take some of our silliest decisions back and to do things a little differently.    I can think of at least eight that I’ve personally done (most in the last week), like that keg stand in a tube dress at a Derby Party, or burning off all of my eyelashes last year trying to light the stove (they’ve since grown back),  assuming the worst in someone I’ve since lost and now most likely thinks I’m crazy, and letting my heart get the best of me… and then my nerves.  Usually, after any of my ridiculous antics, I’ll end up with a pretty good joke, and it’s why living life off-stage is so important. Where all of these types of moments seem devastating, life-altering and embarrassing at the time, they’re trivial when you hear stories like this:

An old friend of mine and one of my favorite people on earth, Adam Foster, is in a terrible position right now, which may cost him 2-7 years in UAE prison for a crime he didn’t commit.  He is being accused of stealing an item he found on the ground.   This is much worse than that time we got kicked out of the Hard Rock Cafe in Vegas…  we are a ridiculously fun and sometimes mischeivous bunch, my friends and I… but we’re all good people.  This is a very sad situation, illegal and inhumane. 

My heart goes out to his loved ones.   

Below is the the note from Adam as posted on Facebook this weekend.  I have sample letters, and fax numbers to send letters of concern to the embassy that I will copy at the end of this post.  Or, Email me at sixfeetofsnow@gmail.com, and I’ll forward them to you.

 

“I am currently in Dubai, UAE and have been so for 4 months. A day before I was scheduled to come home (Feb 25th) I found a pair of handcuffs on the ground and decided to take them home with me. They found them in my luggage, pulled me off the plane, and arrested me. They then whipped me and beat me until I confessed to stealing them, I am now facing 2 – 7 years in Prison for something I didn’t do. If you have some free time, I really need some help. If you could write a letter to the ambassador of UAE (in D.C) or for me, I would really appreciate it. I am hoping that these letters will persuade these people to release me or at the very least lessen the sentence. I have a sample letter and addresses if you need them. Feel free to email me at foster200@yahoo.com for further information. Please feel free to forward this on to anyone who could help. Thanks so much.”

                                                                                              ~Adam Foster

And after the hearing yesterday:

“The final verdict will be on the 19th of May. Court was all in Arabic so it was hard for me to know what happened. It consisted of my lawyer talking for 20 minutes and then the judge giving the final date. Thats it… So, I will be here waiting. In the mean time we still have time to send in letters. If you know anyone else that could help out I would really appreciate it. Thank you all so very much for your help and support during all of this. If you get bored, feel free to come over and visit, however, I cant guarantee when you will be able to leave. Ill send a letter for you when i get home though. I still have 9 more days of freedom.”

                                                                                           ~ Adam Foster

Below are the sample letters.  Fax numbers is are the headers.   Let’s get our friend home.

May XX, 2011

 

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaibac/o Hagir H. Elawad
Embassy of theUnited Arab Emirates
3522 International Court, NW, Suite 400
Washington,D.C.20008
Fax: (202)243-1029

Dear Mr. Ambassador:

I write to raise to your attention the plight of Adam Foster, an American citizen, who has been detained and mistreated by law enforcement in your country and to respectfully request your assistance in assuring his fair treatment at his trial on Thursday, May 19. 

Adam is my friend and a long-time employee of Cameron, a major oil and gas firm working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  In February, Adam was detained for being in possession of handcuffs that he found on the ground.  Adam did not know he had violated UAE law and while he was detained he was severely beaten by law enforcement.  I was shocked to learn that Adam was tortured with a cable wire and told that unless he signed a confession written in Arabic that he stole the handcuffs from police they would “finish the job.”  After Adam’s abuse and coerced confession he is now told that he faces as much as seven years in prison.  In addition to Adam’s circumstances, I was also alarmed to learn of the recent reports of a British citizen’s death at the hands of UAE law enforcement. 

I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure Adam is treated fairly on May 19 with  consideration of his illegal torture and coerced confession.  For many years Adam has worked alongside his firm to provide engineering and manufacturing services to key industries that help ensure your country’s financial future.  Now, as an American citizen and Adam’s friend and colleague, I respectfully request your assistance.

Sincerely And:

May XX, 2011

 

Jeffrey D. Feltman
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington,DC 20520
Fax (202)-736-4462

Dear Secretary Feltman:

I write to raise to your attention the plight of Adam Lee Foster, an American citizen, who has been detained and mistreated by law enforcement in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and to respectfully request your assistance in assuring fair treatment at his trial on  Thursday, May 19th. 

Adam is my friend and colleague and a long-time employee of Cameron, a major American oil and gas firm working in UAE.  In February, Adam was detained for being in possession of handcuffs that he found on the ground.  Adam did not know he had violated UAE law and while he was detained he was severely beaten by law enforcement.  I was shocked to learn that Adam was tortured with a cable wire and told that unless he signed a confession written in Arabic that he stole the handcuffs from police they would “finish the job.”  After Adam’s abuse and coerced confession he is now told that he faces as much as seven years in prison.  In addition to Adam’s circumstances, I was also alarmed to learn of the recent reports of a British citizen’s death at the hands of UAE law enforcement. 

I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure Adam is treated fairly on May 19 with consideration of his illegal torture and coerced confession.  Americans all over the world are counting on you and the State Department to speak boldly in opposition to human right violations.  Now, as an American citizen and Adam’s friend, I respectfully request your assistance.

Sincerely,

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