British woman kidnapped and gang-raped in Dubai is prosecuted for drinking alcohol
A British woman who was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by three men in Dubai has been prosecuted and fined £169 for drinking alcohol without a licence.
The Daily Mail reports that two of the Iranian men who are accused of raping her are currently facing trial.
But according to The Sun, a third man wanted in connection with the incident has not yet been traced.
A Dubai court has heard that the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, alleges that she was taken hostage and driven to a flat in a rundown part of Dubai, where the three men took turns to rape her.
When she admitted to police that she was drunk when the attack took place, she was prosecuted and fined because, under Islamic law, drinking alcohol without a license is a crime.
The Daily Mail reports that the woman had spent the evening at the Rock Bottom bar until 3am, when she got a taxi home.
But her taxi driver said that she was very drunk and fell asleep on the back seat. When they reached their destination she got out without paying the fare and had to be persuaded to get back into the car. That's when three men in a red Hyundai pulled up alongside, claimed they knew the woman, paid the driver and took her to their car. She was then taken to an apartment in the Naif area of Dubai, where the men filmed the attack. Her underwear and belongings were later found in the flat.
The woman said in her statement: "I begged them to let me go but they didn't and were laughing at me."
However, the defendants' lawyer, Saeed al Gilani, has claimed that the woman wasn't really raped and made it up after watching 'too many action movies.'
He said: "She had a boyfriend who threw her out of his flat when he heard she'd had a relationship with the defendants. She then went to police and claimed she was raped."
The trial of the two men continues.
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