Irish woman detained in UAE, passport destroyed after suicide attempt

Irish flight attendant faces charges for violating UAE's laws related to attempted suicide and alcohol consumption.

News Desk July 10, 2024

An Irish woman, Tori Towey, has gotten entangled in a legal ordeal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), facing charges of attempted suicide and alcohol consumption, both considered criminal offenses in the region.

The 28-year-old, employed as a flight attendant in Dubai, had her passport confiscated and destroyed, according to a BBC report.

Human rights advocate Radha Stirling, belonging to the Detained in Dubai group assisting Towey, highlighted the dire circumstances. But she also noted the swift intervention of the Irish government in response to the escalating situation.

Stirling expressed cautious optimism about resolving the case swiftly, although concerns remain about potential legal outcomes, including the possibility of imprisonment.

Speaking in the Irish parliament, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald condemned the treatment Towey has faced, describing her as a victim of severe circumstances, including the destruction of her passport and a travel ban.

The Irish government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, confirmed awareness of the case and confirmed that it was providing consular support.

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris pledged to intervene personally, emphasising the urgency of securing Towey's safe return to Ireland.

Towey's family remains hopeful that international pressure will expedite the legal proceedings.


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