A British tourist has been arrested and charged with illegal “extra-marital sex” in Dubai after telling police she had been gang raped.
The 25-year-old woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was on holiday in the United Arab Emirates when she was allegedly attacked by two British men last month.
When she reported the rape at a police station, she was allegedly arrested for breaking Emirati laws against extra-marital sex, while her attackers have since flown home to the UK.
The UK-based Detained in Dubai campaign group said she has been released on bail but had her passport confiscated, meaning she cannot leave the country, and could face trial for offences with punishments including jail, deportation, flogging and stoning to death.
The group is in contact with the woman’s family, who claim the two men took it in turns to rape her while filming the attack at a hotel.