Monday, July 22, 2013

 

Dubai rape case Norwegian woman 'free to go'

A Norwegian woman at the centre of a Dubai rape case dispute has been pardoned and is free to leave Dubai,she has said.

Interior designer Marte Deborah Dalelv was on a business trip in Dubai when she says she was raped in March.

She reported the attack to the police, but found herself charged with having extramarital sex, drinking alcohol, and perjury.

The case has angered rights groups and the authorities in Norway.

Norway's Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide tweeted: "Marte is released! Thanks to everyone who signed up to help."

Ms Dalelv says she had been on a night out with colleagues on 6 March when the rape took place.

She reported it to the police, who proceeded to confiscate her passport and seize her money. She was charged four days later on three counts, including having sex outside marriage.

Her alleged attacker, she said, received a 13-month sentence for extramarital sex and alcohol consumption.
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