DUBAI (WHAS11) – A Norwegian woman who says she was raped by a co-worker while in Dubai was thrown in jail after she reported the crime.
24-year-old Marti Dal-Elv was just sentenced to spend 16 months in prison for having unlawful sex.
In the United Arab Emirates, sex outside of marriage is against the law.
It didn’t matter that she said she had been raped by a colleague in a Dubai hotel during a business trip in March.
Dal-Elv was sentenced to 12 months for having sex outside of marriage and for drinking alcohol.
She says she was advised to say the sex was voluntary in order to get the charges dropped but when she said she did, police added another charge of making a false statement.
She will try to appeal her sentence in September.