Woman who reported rape in Dubai sentenced to 16 months in jail
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July 21st, 2013 (10:37 AM).
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I think it'll continue for a long while. They've got cash and lots of it, so there's no reason for their world to change. Even with Dubai's hypermodernism you could say, as long as their citizens are satisfied, even the most liberal and Western influences will not affect their values.
A young Norwegian woman has been sentenced to 16 months’ jail in Dubai after she reported being raped.
Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, was convicted of having extramarital sex, making a false statement and illegal consumption of alcohol.
Dalelv was living in Qatar and working for interior design company Al Mana Interiors, which is owned by Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana, who secretly married singer Janet Jackson in 2012.
She was on a short business trip in Dubai in March when she claims she was raped by a colleague after asking him to escort her to her hotel room at the end of a work event where they had both been drinking alcohol.
He led her to the wrong room and pulled her in, she told CNN News. She then blacked out and woke up naked lying on her stomach and he was raping her.
She said it only ended when a member of the hotel staff knocked on the door for the colleague’s wake up call.
Dalelv said she immediately reported the incident to police. About a dozen male police officers arrived at the hotel and questioned both her and the rapist, a Sudanese man married with three children.
A company representative told CNN News both Dalelv and the rapist had been fired for "drinking alcohol at a staff conference that resulted in trouble with the police". The colleague was sentenced to 13 months for rape.
A statement from Al Mana Interiors spokesman Hani El Korek said the company was sympathetic to Dalelv "during this very difficult situation", that it had supported her during the initial investigation and had helped get her released from jail.
"Only when Ms. Dalelv declined to have positive and constructive discussions about her employment status, and ceased communication with her employer, was the company forced to end our relationship with her," the statement said.
I'm not very good with "family" "conservative values" type things, but I'm inferring that they chose not to treat her case as rape because she was drunk and so she "asked for it" and "saw it coming". If only she didn't get drunk...
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