British woman arrested for illegal sex after reporting rape in Dubai

By Calvin Palmer

A British woman who reported an alleged rape to police in Dubai has been arrested for having illegal sex with her fiancé.

The 23-year-old woman from London, a Muslim of Pakistani descent, was celebrating her engagement to her 44-year-old boyfriend on a three-day new year break.

She passed out in the toilets of the Address Hotel and a waiter is said to have followed her in and raped her while she was in a semi-conscious state.

After her fiancé found out about the attack, the couple went to the Jebel Ali police station, but they were questioned about breaking the country’s strict rules, which contain elements of Sharia law.

Usual rape procedures were ignored and the woman was given a full medical check and a morning-after pill only after the intervention of British embassy staff.

Her attacker has denied the attack and said the woman consented to intercourse but he has also been charged with “illegal sex”.

It is understood the couple have been bailed but are still in Dubai. They could face up to six years if found guilty of having sex outside marriage.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We can confirm two British nationals were arrested in Dubai on January 1. Our embassy in Dubai is providing consular assistance and we cannotconfirm or release further details about the case”

An Address Hotel spokesman said: “The matter is being investigated by the authorities”.

Dubai has strict rules about sexual intercourse and alcohol. In July 2008, British woman Michelle Palmer, was convicted after being caught having drunken sex outside marriage with Vince Acors. They were given three-month suspended jail sentences.

[Based on reports by The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.]

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