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Dubai to FREE Brit held over bounced cheque after saying ‘we make mistakes’

A BRITISH great-grandad with dementia being held in Dubai over bounced cheques is set to be freed.

Authorities have pledged to release 72-year-old William Meyerhoff after admitting “we make mistakes” in a major boost for other inmates.

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William Meyerhoff, 72, was arrested in Dubai during a stop-off on a flight to AustraliaCredit: SWNS

The pensioner was arrested in the country in May during a stop-off on a flight to Australia – and has been in prison ever since.

He faced allegations from a firm he worked for in Dubai more than a decade ago.

His family confirmed he worked for the company but said he never had any issues.

However, officials told him there were 38 criminal cases against him.

The charges relate to cheques falsely made in his name by the owners of his former employer – which he denies any knowledge of.

William, from Grimsby, Lincs, was told he must pay a £20,000 fine or face five years in jail.

But UAE diplomats have now promised to release him, saying: “We sometimes make mistakes.”

Fellow Brit Albert Douglas is being held in the same “filthy” cell on similar bounced cheque allegations.

The 60-year-old has reportedly suffered savage beatings by prison guards, been forced to drink toilet water and is now “skin and bones, and confused”.

Despite being in agony after living with a dislocated shoulder five months, he was too afraid to accept painkillers as it could have seen him sent to an even more brutal psychiatric facility.

However, throughout it all, Albert has been caring for William, who has dementia and is “largely” deaf.

The pair were transferred from their cell to a two-bedroom apartment within the prison, designed for VIP inmates and Sheikhs who are jailed, according to Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, who is representing William.

She passed the news of William’s potential release onto his son Matthew, 44, who lives in Australia, where his dad also now calls home.

‘WE HAD LOST HOPE’

Radha said Matthew told her: ”We had kind of lost hope. We didn’t think he’d ever get home. In fact, we didn’t expect we would ever see him again.

”We had resigned ourselves to preparing for the worst given his health condition.

“We are extremely grateful that the UAE authorities have made this promise and are desperate to see him home.

”He will have to be quarantined in Australia for two weeks when he arrives but we will try to get a doctor to help him.”

He had previously complained about the “horrific” treatment his father had faced, adding: “They can see he is extremely frail. It is like they are trying to kill him.

“We can not bear the thought of him dying all alone in a foreign prison.”

We can not bear the thought of him dying all alone in a foreign prison.

Dubai jails have become notorious for their brutal treatment of prisoners, with some claiming to have been tortured and forced to live in filthy conditions.

However, William’s release will spark hope for other Brit inmates trapped behind bars in the country.

Football coach Billy Hood, 24, was this month jailed for 25 years after being found with four tiny bottles of CBD vape oil.

He has since been “tortured” and “tasered” in a hell-hole prison, he told a friend.

Vaping CBD oil is legal in the UK and has become extremely popular – typically used to relieve pain, anxiety or stress.

But because it sometimes contains trace elements of THC – the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis – Billy was arrested and thrown in prison under the UAE’s medieval drug laws.

In a similar cop mess-up, chef Luke Tully spent 19 months in a Dubai jail after cops misinterpreted a text booking a table.

The 43-year-old was sent a message by a dealer he knew requesting a table for ten people – but police believed it was a coded message asking for 10g of cocaine.

His son Matthew feared he would never see him again

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His son Matthew feared he would never see him againCredit: SWNS
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