Dubai Jail hunger strikers vow to continue to the end
One of Dubai Central jail’s hunger strikers vowed to carry on refusing food just days after he received medical help.
Belgian Oliver Loeb and Irish expat Christopher Renehan are three weeks into their hunger strike to highlight their cheque fraud cases.
Yesterday Loeb, originally from Brussels, contacted 7DAYS and said: “We are quite prepared to go out of here in a box if that’s the only way to highlight our case.”
Loeb called 7DAYS from prison just days after he had to be taken to hospital after collapsing. He said: “I lay on the floor for about an hour and a half then an ambulance was called.”
Loeb has been returned to prison and is still refusing food. He said: “My wife came to see me last week and was shocked because I’ve lost so much weight. When I came in here in January I weighed 126kg, I am 85kg now.”
Renehan, 38, started refusing food 22 days ago and Loeb joined him two days later.
Both men are in jail for cheque fraud. Renehan began his hunger strike when he was told he was not “authorised” to sign for money owed to his firm that would enable him to clear his debts and be released.