Bri­ton who re­ported rape in Dubai could face jail for ex­tra­mar­i­tal sex

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A Bri­tish woman who re­ported be­ing raped by two men is “pet­ri­fied” after be­ing told she faces jail in Dubai for ex­tra­mar­i­tal sex.

The 25-year-old tourist claimed she was at­tacked by two men while on hol­i­day in the United Arab Emi­rates and re­ported the in­ci­dent to po­lice.

But of­fi­cers then charged the pro­fes­sional from Cheshire with ex­tra-mar­i­tal sex and, de­spite be­ing bailed, she is not al­lowed to leave the coun­try. Her pass­port has been con­fis­cated and UK-based UAE le­gal ex­perts De­tained in Dubai said she could face a prison sen­tence if found guilty.

The fam­ily of the woman, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, have set up fundrais­ing pages on­line to raise money to cover her le­gal costs. She is cur­rently re­sid­ing in a safe house.

The woman’s fa­ther wrote on­line that his daugh­ter had met the two men in her ho­tel who raped her. He claims the al­leged at­tack was filmed. He added: “She is stranded, is not al­lowed to leave the coun­try, and is alone scared, and in a dread­ful sit­u­a­tion, as you can imag­ine.”

Shortly af­ter­wards, two men were ar­rested at Dubai air­port. They have been named as thai boxer David But­lin, 22, and foot­baller Louis Har­ris, 24. They have both been bailed and also re­main in the coun­try.

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