UAE case dismissed
AUTHORITIES in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have dismissed a case against a UK resident who was reportedly arrested after consuming a glass of complimentary wine provided on an Emirates flight.
British media report that Swedish dentist Ellie Holman was detained on 13 Jul but released on the weekend after authorities decided not to pursue the matter.
The legal group Detained in Dubai highlighted the case saying it exposed confusion around alcohol laws in the UAE.
Emirates has declined to comment on the case, but referred to a statement by Dubai Attorney General Esam Issa Al Humaidan, who did not refer to alcohol but said Holman had attempted to enter the country on an expired Swedish passport.
He said Holman had verbally insulted an immigration officer and taken photographs.