British woman ‘kidnapped and gang-raped in Dubai’… and then SHE is prosecuted for drinking alcohol
Victim: The 28-year-old expatriate, who cannot be named, admitted to police she was drunk when the alleged attack took place (file picture)
A British woman who was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by three men in Dubai found herself in the dock for drinking without an alcohol licence.
The 28-year-old expatriate, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted to police she was drunk when the alleged attack took place and was prosecuted and fined £169.
Under Islamic law in the United Arab Emirates, drinking without an alcohol licence is a crime.
Two of the Iranians accused of raping her are facing trial while a third defendant cannot be traced.
The woman, who works in a managerial position, said her ordeal lasted hours with the alleged rapists filming the attack and taunting her, despite her pleas to be let go.
Dubai Court of First Instance heard she was subjected to a sustained attack after being taken hostage and driven to a flat in Naif, a rundown area of Dubai. She eventually escaped when the defendants left her on a mattress to find her own way home.
The defendants’ lawyer Saeed al Gilani has claimed she made up the story after watching ‘too many action movies’.
He added: ‘She has a boyfriend who threw her out of his flat when he heard she’d had a relationship with the defendants. She then went to police and claimed she was raped.’
The alleged victim had spent six hours at Rock Bottom, the same bar in Bur Dubai where missing Scottish sailor Timmy MacColl was last seen.
The 37-year-old Pakistani taxi driver told the court she was ‘very drunk’ and fell asleep on the back seat.
He said when she woke up, she changed her mind and told him to go to Jumeirah Beach Residence instead, stopping at a cash machine. She got out of the car but got back in without taking out any money.
When they finally reached their destination, he told how she stumbled inside without paying the £10 fare and had to be persuaded by security to return to the car.
The woman reportedly got into the driver’s seat of the taxi, prompting him to remove his car keys, when a red Hyundai pulled up alongside them.
The three Iranian men in the car claimed they knew the woman, paid the taxi driver £17 and escorted her to their Hyundai.
The alleged victim told the court she was extremely drunk’ after knocking back three glasses of wine earlier in the evening and was not aware of what was happening.
She was taken to the apartment in Naif, where the three men allegedly took turns to rape her while filming the attack.
The woman said in a statement: ‘I begged them to let me go but they didn’t and were laughing at me.’
When she tried to escape by running toward the door and window, she was repeatedly dragged back onto a mattress, injuring her hand and foot, the court heard.
‘They ignored my pleas and laughed at me, speaking to each other in broken English,’ she said.
The men, all aged 20, left her dazed and lying on a mattress in the unlocked flat, giving her a chance to escape.
She caught a taxi back to her apartment at 8.30am, where her flatmate found her in a ‘confused’ state.
The 26-year-old friend said: ‘She told me she had been raped. She changed her dress.
‘We went to lodge a complaint at Rashidiya police station.’
The flatmate warned her not to shower before filing a complaint. Blood tests taken later that day did not show any traces of alcohol.
But judge Jamal Abdel Majeed, sitting in Dubai Misdemeanours Court, found the woman guilty of illegally consuming alcohol as she did not own an alcohol licence and admitted she had been drinking.
Two of the men accused of raping her are on trial but deny charges of kidnap and rape. The third man has not been traced.
Investigating officers said one of the accused, who has not been named, said he was ‘scared of kidnapping a British woman’ but blamed his co-defendant for persuading him to carry out the attack by saying: ‘She is drunk and won’t recognise us.’
First corporal Marwan Salem, of Dubai police, said they lured her into their car by pretending the vehicle was hers. He added her underwear and belongings were found in the flat.
A forensic report showed she was injured during the alleged incident. The trial will continue on Wednesday.