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British soldier is CLEARED after spending a year in UAE prisons on false drugs charges

12 Nov 2019 Daily Mail Online

A British army veteran who has spent more than a year in prison on false drug offences in the United Arab Emirates has been cleared of all charges.  

Andy Neal, 44, was arrested in October 2018 by Dubai police at the apartment block he shared with his wife and two children.  

The father-of-two was caged in a Dubai jail for five months before being transferred to the al-Sadr maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi in March. He languished there for a further seven months. 

'We knew he was innocent', his parents Sue and Maurice Neal told Sky News.

'We would like to thank everyone for their support. We just want him home.' 

British army veteran Andy Neal, pictured here in a family photo, has been cleared of the drugs charges that saw him spend seven months in prisons across the UAE. Mr Neal was forced to sign a confession to narcotics offences in October 2018 and has been caged ever since 

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