After reporting that she'd been raped to Dubai police, a 25-year-old Norwegian woman who was on a business trip to the United Arab Emirates city found herself being jailed on "suspicion of having sex outside of marriage."
Following the report of her rape to police, the 25-year-old had her passport and personal possessions seized and was immediately placed in a jail cell.
It took three days before she was able to gain access to a phone and contact her family to let them know what had happened to her.
The victim's family was able to contact their Foreign Service in Dubai and the Norwegian consulate was able to negotiate and secure a conditional release for the young woman.
The release was allowed as long as the accused Norwegian citizen stayed in Dubai and was housed in the Norwegian Seamans Center.
After her negotiated release, the 25-year-old stayed at the Seamans Center for 6 months, while awaiting trial.
At the conclusion of the trial, the Norwegian woman found herself convicted on three separate counts: sex outside of marriage, drinking alcohol and perjury.
I have received punishment for sex outside of marriage, punishment for drinking alcohol and then I was convicted of having given false testimony.Aftenposten reports that the 25-year-old was given a sentence of 16 months; in what could be called a peculiar twist, the Norwegian woman's attacker was convicted of raping her and the courts handed him down a sentence of 13 months.