Posted: 18 Nov 2013
Former British Superbike star, Sean Emmett has finally received the call he’s been waiting on for nine months to let him know he’s free to return home to the United Kingdom. Emmett has been stranded in Dubai since 19th February following the death of his wife, Abbie, who fell from a hotel balcony while the pair were enjoying a short break in Dubai following their honeymoon.
Emmett’s passport was confiscated by authorities following his arrest for drinking alcohol without a license. Despite no further charges being brought against him, his passport was not returned. Emmett took to Social Media in attempt to grow awareness of his plight; an online petition was set up in support of the former racer generating over thirteen thousand signatures and Emmett’s nightmare was shared by many news outlets.
The British Embassy has been helping Emmett over the last few months and today received a call from the Chief Prosecutor to say the case is now fully closed and that Emmett’s passport would be returned in due course. It could take three months for the return of the passport to be processed but an appeal can be lodged with the Attorney General to speed it up.
Speaking to Bike Social, Emmett said: “I just want to say thanks to everyone who supported me as it really kept me going. I can't believe it's finally over! The biking community is the most united of any in the world and I’m so glad to be part of it.”
Bike Social would like to wish Sean a safe trip home and hope he’s back in time for Christmas with his family.