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scot47 Apr 13th 2015 6:56 am

Planespotting in UAE
 
Do not do it.

Three British 'planespotters' arrested in UAE for breaching 'national security' - Middle East - World - The Independent

Some people should not be allowed out on their own - certainly not abroad !

mentalist Apr 13th 2015 7:13 am

Re: Planespotting in UAE
 
Why are the Independent running this story again? It was first reported in March by many UK and local newspapers. More anti-UAE propoganda?

Scamp Apr 13th 2015 7:31 am

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Originally Posted by mentalist (Post 11617436)
Why are the Independent running this story again? It was first reported in March by many UK and local newspapers. More anti-UAE propoganda?

Do you know what happened?

I'm sure an article I read a while ago said it wasn't illegal, but then heard nothing else since?

Brains1983 Apr 13th 2015 8:02 am

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Originally Posted by mentalist (Post 11617436)
Why are the Independent running this story again? It was first reported in March by many UK and local newspapers. More anti-UAE propoganda?

article is from the beginning of March.

mikelincs Apr 13th 2015 10:15 am

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Originally Posted by Brains1983 (Post 11617463)
article is from the beginning of March.

Apparently they were still held under an extension to their original arrest, that extention was up on Sunday, but I can't find out any further after this article from April 4th.

UAE-detained British plane spotter's health 'suffering' - BBC News

archie159 Apr 13th 2015 10:16 am

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Originally Posted by Scamp (Post 11617447)
Do you know what happened?

I'm sure an article I read a while ago said it wasn't illegal, but then heard nothing else since?

They were still in jail, as of early last week... An article in The National mentioned something about one of them being quite ill by now & has lost 1/4 of his body weight - or something like that.

Sandboy Apr 13th 2015 11:56 am

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was reported on radio in blighty this morning that their trial was due this morning but had been adjourned for a week

scot47 Apr 13th 2015 12:08 pm

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There was a case a few years back in Greece. Looney Brit plane-spotters could not understand why Greek Military Intelligence objected to someone taking pics of their air defences. At that time Greece and Turkey were shooting at each other in the Aegean.

Another contingent of Daft Anglos were arrested in a railway station near the Serbian-Croatian border. They were writing down loco numbers in notebooks.

I am surprised that more of these enthusiasts do not end up on trial for espionage. Pity the poor consular official who has to explain what has been going on to baffled locals.

Dubaiexile Apr 20th 2015 7:03 pm

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I see they have been released now, hope they do not start taking photo`s in the airport on their way home ..........


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