• Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mum thrown in Dubai jail with daughter, 4, 'after drinking glass of red wine on flight from London'

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  1. TruthTheOnlyDefense

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    © Facebook The mum faces up to a year stuck in the country after her passport was taken A mum was locked up in a Dubai jail for three days with her four-year-old daughter after enjoying a glass of wine on the flight from Gatwick.

    Dr Ellie Holman, 44, was arrested after touching down in the country and being questioned by an immigration official.

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    She said Bibi was forced to relieve herself on the detention centre floor during their ordeal and that she had never "heard her cry" like that before, the Mail Online reports.

    Dr Holman, from Sevenoaks, Kent, has lost £30,000 so far in legal fees and missed work and says her savings have been obliterated by the situation.

    She flew to the country on July 13 and was offered a glass of red wine on the Emirates airline flight with her meal.

    But when she got there she was taken aside and questioned by an official who said her visa was no longer valid.

    As Dr Holman had visited UAE several times before on a visa that hadn't expired she assumed it was still valid.

    But the official said her visa was only valid for a single visit to the country and she would have to return to London.

    She was then questioned about the wine she had drunk.

    When the discussion became heated, Dr Holman began filming the dispute on her phone and was surrounded by armed police within seconds.

    She was told filming inside an airport is a criminal offence.

    After the terrified pair were put in a cell in the airport they were then taken a police station and told to sleep in a canteen area for inmates.

    Dr Holman said: "My daughter is a happy, smiley girl, but she was terrified."

    A sample of her blood was taken as evidence she had drunk alcohol. It came back showing a blood alcohol level of 0.04% - well below the UK drink-drive limit.

    Dr Holman claims they were refused a pillow, change of clothing or access to a toilet and the food wasn't consumable.

    Her distraught husband Gary flew out to find the pair, who were being kept from friends in the country.

    After her stay in Dr Holman was taken back tot he airport and bailed.

    Gary has taken Bibi back to the UK while Dr Holman is staying in the country with friends.

    Gary called the whole experience "devastating".

    Radha Stirling, chief executive of Detained In Dubai, the British human rights group representing Ellie, said in a statement to Mail Online: "The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading façade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors.

    "This is exampled by bars at the airport, by hotels, restaurants and clubs serving drinks.

    "Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits but this is far from reality.

    "It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed."

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/worl...flight-from-london/ar-BBLJ2Fy?ocid=spartandhp

    Disgraceful shithole.
     
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    That's really stupid of them. She drank on flight so she was not in Dubai's airspace. Furthermore, she was offered the wine so it means it is the fault of the staff and Emirates. But most importantly, non-Muslims are allowed to drink and if the alcohol level was 0.04% then she couldn't be drunk. However, I'm not sure if this is the full story or something is being concealed here from the readers because none of these reason warrant such a handling. For example, UAE is offers visa on arrival so even if her visa was expired, they could have offered her for up to 96 hrs without much issue.
     
  3. Muhammad bin Hamid

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    i think it was due to some personal interest these women are jailed and drinking

    i think it was due to some personal interest these women are jailed and drinking whine is just excuse.many arab kings drink same
     
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    That's supposed to be a Dr? wtf
     
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    Everyone (mostly non-Muslims) drinks on Emirates, offered by Emirates itself!! No big deal there.

    She "claims" the detention is because of drinking, to garner media sympathies. Clearly, her visa expired and she refused to return --- had she been non-white she would have faced harsher treatment!

    I don't condone the treatment meted out to her (neither care), but readers should realize the news title is aimed at spreading Islamophobic rumor.
     
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    They should have had some consideration for her child , very inhumane and unIslamic behaviour of Dubai officials.
     
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    Definitely there must be more to the story (although I can be wrong). Having lived in Dubai.....I can tell you this that a few of Westerners believe they can do whatever they want...they become more Western than they are (not saying all, but there is a good number).

    They get into trouble and then play the victim card.
     
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    Holman.

    She is a 'doctor' with a Jewish heritage (possibly Israeli citizen?), that should answer a lot of questions and raise more of them...don't go to a conservative Muslim country if you have something or done (violated) something they can/should be concerned about. Most people remember the Mossad assassinations in Dubai sometime ago...

    Two wrongs don't make a right, but most people would steer clear of trouble...

    Before any of you squeal, I'd say the same paranoia is displayed in the homeland of the Jewish for Muslims as well.

    Bingo! Hit it right on the head of the nail brother....
     
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    Something doesn't seem to be right. I have been to Dubai a couple of times and we have had drinks in Dubai as guests to locals there. There is absolutely no restrictions for non-Muslims to drink within confined places designated or authorised by government such as hotels (as long as there is no drunk driving or harassing others).

    It seems like there was something more to this story than being drunk.

    Was she hiding some illegal documents?

    Was she having narcotics?

    Until there is proper investigation, I don't think we should just go by what media says and wait for official reports.