Dubai pardons Norwegian in rape case

She plans to leave the United Arab Emirates as soon as possible.

Afp July 22, 2013
Dalelv, who was sentenced to 16 months in prison in Dubai for illicit sex after she reported being raped, says she has no regrets about coming forward if her warning will protect others from a similar fate. PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI: A Norwegian woman in a rape case in Dubai said Monday she was pardoned and allowed to fly home after having been convicted of extramarital sex in the Muslim emirate.

"I was told that I've been pardoned," Marte Dalelv, 24, told reporters outside a Dubai court, adding that her passport had been returned and she would leave the Gulf state "as soon as possible".

In Oslo, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide also said that Dalelv was being allowed to leave the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a member.


NK Ali | 10 years ago | Reply

Will the Arab nation behave in the same way for a non-European woman? No...Because they believe in the same Hudood Ordinance that we do have here. Salams

Max | 10 years ago | Reply

For all it glistenening sky scapers and busy markets, Dubai is still in its infancy as a developed country. How does one accuse and pardon a rape victim, only these sheikhs could know.

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