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Help! American teacher held in UAE prison on false charges!

Organized by: Daniela Redlin

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Free Matt SUCCESS!!!
April 02, 2016

WONDERFUL NEWS!!!  MATT IS BACK HOME IN CAIRO! Matt and his family are extremely grateful for everyone's help in raising much-needed funds for See More

THE STORY:

On Saturday, March 13, 2016, our loving son, brother, boyfriend, uncle, friend, and colleague Matthew Novak, was detained in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on a layover flight while returning to Cairo, Egypt from Spring vacation.

He is a beloved teacher at the American International School in Cairo, a concert violinist, cross-country athlete, Masters’ graduate, and is respected by all for his morals and integrity. Right now, Matt is being held prisoner based on false charges of defaulted loans totaling around 90,000USD. Matt never took out any of these loans and has never faulted on any credit obligations. This is a case of identity theft and wrongful imprisonment.

Between August 2009, and June 2012, Matt worked for the Abu Dhabi Educational Council. His passport was stolen in the fall of 2010. Matt reported this to the police in Abu Dhabi, Immigration, the US Embassy, and published the loss in the local newspaper, as he was instructed to do. He was diligent in his efforts to be responsible. In the spring of 2012, he moved to different teaching position in Chiang Mai, Thailand. When Matt left Abu Dhabi, he was cleared by Customs to leave the country and no charges were presented to him.

His family, girlfriend, friends, colleagues, and students are extremely concerned about his wellbeing. Matt is the kind of person who cares about others deeply and works toward the greater good. Even in the midst of the biggest personal crisis of his life, he asked about his students on his one phone call and wanted to make sure they would still be able to go on their scheduled field trip in his absence. Matt is a kind and honest person who has always helped those in need.

NOW, he and his family needs our help!

We need your support in gathering funds for his legal defense. The initial lawyer cost is $4,500 USD, just to see him and gather evidence about the case. There will be a second, much larger, fee for the lawyer to defend him in court. This fee is yet to be determined. His family is under severe emotional and financial distress. The American Embassy is working with Matt, but they will not provide him with a lawyer. We will give continual updates as this situation develops. Your donations are greatly needed and appreciated!!! Please donate what you can now! Matt and his family need our help! Your donations will go directly to Matt's family account.

Sincerely,

Friend and colleague of Matt: Daniela

$19,306

 

64% Raised of $30,000 Goal

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Daniela Redlin

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The Team: $19,306 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

For Matt and his incredibly loving and supportive parents. 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

Remembering Missouri All State Orchestra, 2003 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

Benny Wright

Benny Wright

It's the not knowing that makes situations like these so difficult, for all involved. Knowing that there's hope can give a person strength. Never give up hope. 2 years ago

amy donnelly

amy donnelly

2 years ago

Ali

Ali

2 years ago

Omar Yasser ElShemy

Omar Yasser ElShemy

AIS Egypt 2 years ago

David Levine

David Levine

Good luck Matt! 2 years ago

seyhun

seyhun

I hope everything can be sorted out soon and Matt can go back home safe and sound. 2 years ago

Bev Hann

Bev Hann

Praying for your safe return! 2 years ago

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