zara jayne moisey dubai rape

British woman who says she was gang raped arrested and charged on ‘extra-marital sex’ in Dubai while attackers go free (en/fr)

 

Outrageous! Zara-Jayne Moisey, 25, from Widnes, has spoken about her “nightmare” is facing jail in the Middle East after reporting that two men allegedly attacked her in a hotel,according to the Mirror.

The Detained in Dubai group said the woman was arrested after she claimed she was raped by two British men.

The 25-year-old woman was on holiday in the United Arab Emirates when the alleged attack took place last month, according to “Detained in Dubai,” a UK-based organization that “assists people who have become victims of injustice” in the UAE.

When she reported the rape at a police station, she was allegedly arrested for breaking Emirati laws against extra-marital sex, while her attackers have since flown home to the UK.

The Foreign Office said: “We are supporting a British woman in relation to this case and will remain in contact with her family.”

According to Detained in Dubai, the alleged attackers have had no charges filed against them.Detained in Dubai, an organisation that assists people who have become victims of injustice in the UAE, has warned against reporting rape or other crimes in the country because of the “manipulation when it comes to criminal accusations” and the “racist” preconceptions held against Western tourists… (this sounds controversial a lot!)

It said that woman’s passport was confiscated by authorities before she was released on bail, while her alleged attackers have since flown home to Birmingham, according to The Sun, which reportedly spoke to a family friend of the victim.

However, according to newspaper reports, the two men have also had their passports confiscated.

Upon reporting the rape to local police, the woman was allegedly arrested for breaking Emirati law against extramarital sex, and faces years in prison or severe physical punishment, including flogging and stoning to death, if convicted.

“The UAE has a long history of penalizing rape victims,” says Radha Stirling, founder and director of Detained in Dubai.

“Police regularly fail to differentiate between consensual intercourse and violent rape. Victims go to them expecting justice, and end up being prosecuted,” Stirling added.

“They not only invalidate their victimization, they actually punish them for it.”

“We have been involved with several cases in the past where this has happened, and we work with the lawyers and families and have campaigned to change attitudes in the police and judiciary.

“Recent cases… show that it is still not safe for victims to report these crimes to the police without the risk of suffering a double punishment”.

Her desperate family have now launched an online appeal to raise £25,000 for the legal fees needed to pay for her defence. So far nearly £15,000 has been raised. Zara – has told of her “nightmare” ordeal and admitted she is “petrified” and missing her family according to the Mirror.

Meanwhile a Norwegian woman was sentenced to 16 months in prison after having reported her rape in 2013, and it was only after the Norwegian diplomats intervened that was she able to leave the UAE, once the ruler issued her a pardon.

To support Zara visit  Gofundme.com

  • The Emirati Sharia Law

EU’s and Brtish Foreign Office’s advice when traveling  the UAE says all sexual relations outside marriage are considered illegal, whatever a couple’s relationship at home, alongside homosexual sex and same-sex marriages.

“It’s against the law to live together, or to share the same hotel room, with someone of the opposite sex to whom you aren’t married or closely related,” the advice states.

According to the Independent, the laws, which can also see unmarried pregnant women and their partners jailed, have been used to criminalise rape victims including women from Norway and Australia, and several previous British victims.

The burden of proof required for rape under the UAE’s interpretation of sharia law – a confession from the rapist or witness statements from four adult men – means that cases that reach court are heavily skewed in the defendant’s favour and are frequently dismissed or turned around to prosecute the alleged victim.

Campaigners say female migrant workers are hit particularly hard by the laws, with their stories rarely attracting the public attention or outcry garnered by cases involving Westerners.
This will not be different in the US soon:

Français:

  • Dubaï : Victime d’un viol collectif, une touriste britannique porte plainte et se fait inculper pour relation sexuelle extra-conjugale.

Incompréhension totale. Une Britannique de 25 ans, Zara-Jayne Moise, est partie en vacances cinq jours à Dubaï en octobre dernier. Pendant son séjour, elle aurait été violée par deux individus britanniques également. A tour de rôle, les deux hommes l’auraient agressée sexuellement dans une chambre d’hôtel, et auraient filmé la scène. Ils seraient ensuite retournés chez eux, à Birmingham, quelques heures après les faits.

La jeune femme, elle, s’est immédiatement rendue au poste de police afin de déposer plainte. Sauf qu’au lieu de prendre sa déposition et d’appréhender les agresseurs, la police l’a arrêtée pour relation sexuelle extra-conjugale, a rapporté l’association Detained in Dubaï, qui lutte contre les personnes emprisonnées injustement aux Emirats Arabes Unis. Pour les autorités, elle est considérée comme coupable : “La police confond souvent une relation sexuelle consensuelle et un viol avec violence“, a expliqué Radha Stirling, fondatrice de l’association, à The Independent.

Selon le tabloïd The Sun, la jeune femme aurait été agressée par deux Britanniques qui auraient filmé la scène et seraient retournés chez eux à Birmingham quelques heures seulement après leur méfait. Depuis, la femme aurait été libérée, mais ne serait pas autorisée à quitter le territoire de Dubaï.

  • Près de 28 000 euros de frais de justice

« Ils lui ont pris son passeport, a expliqué un ami de la famille au quotidien anglais. Elle est en ce moment avec une famille britannique, mais elle est complètement terrifiée. » « Elle s’est rendue à la police en tant que victime ayant subi l’une des pires épreuves imaginables, mais elle a été traitée comme une criminelle », a-t-il ajouté.

La touriste, qui redoute un procès et éventuellement une peine de prison, voire un châtiment corporel, devrait également verser près de 28 000 euros de frais de justice, somme dont elle ne dispose pas. Contacté par The Independent, le ministère des Affaires étrangères britanniques indique qu’il est informé de la situation et qu’il œuvre pour venir en aide à la victime et à ses proches.

“Les EAU ont une longue tradition de pénalisation des victimes de viol, “indique Radha Stirling, directrice de Detained in Dubai. Nous avons été impliqués dans plusieurs cas similaires par le passé et nous travaillons avec les avocats et les familles pour changer les attitudes au sein de la police et du système judiciaire.

Une autre histoire en 2015 nous a choqué quand une jeune femme de 20 ans se noyait sur la plage dimanche 9 août, les secours ont été empêchés d’intervenir en raison de l’opposition de son père. Selon le lieutenant colonel Ahmed Burqibah du département de recherche et de secours de la police de Dubaï, le père “a commencé à être violent avec eux leur disant qu’il préférerait que sa fille soit morte plutôt qu’elle ne soit touchée par un inconnu “.

Sa fille est ainsi morte noyée dans les eaux paradisiaques du lagon sans avoir eu le temps d’être secourue par les maîtres-nageurs. Le lieutenant colonel condamne formellement cette histoire en exprimant beaucoup de colère. Le père de famille d’origine asiatique a été arrêté par la police de Dubaï et sera jugé pour avoir refusé les secours afin de sauver sa fille.

Ses parents ont lancé un appel à l’aide via Gofundme.

Conseils aux voyageurs pour les Emirats Arabes Unis par le gouvernement français.

  • Sources: The Independent, Sun, Mirror, Detained in Dubai, Foreign Office, Gouvernement Français
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9 thoughts on “British woman who says she was gang raped arrested and charged on ‘extra-marital sex’ in Dubai while attackers go free (en/fr)”

    1. When Saudi Arabia heads United Nations and human rights organisations i believe that the West is doing wrong for some cheap oil. Is time to change it. What we ask: some more rights especially for women and abolish sharia law in these states! i hope that Trump will not make the US A THEOCRATIC country, some views of pro-Trump people declare that “even if you are raped and pregnant as a consequence it’s a gift from god”.That’s is frightening

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