Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

British woman faces Dubai jail over ‘horse’ insult

British woman faces Dubai jail over ‘horse’ insult

Laleh Shahravesh, 55, Richmond, was cuffed together with her teenage daughter in Dubai.

It's believed that Sharavesh - who had lived in the UAE for eight months - was arrested following a complaint from her ex-husband's new wife.

Ms Shahravesh returned to the United Kingdom with their daughter when she and her husband separated.

She faces prosecution over two Facebook comments she posted on pictures of her husband remarrying in 2016.

It is then alleged she wrote two comments on the social media site, including one which said: "I hope you go under the ground you idiot". "You left me for this horse" was another.

Detained in Dubai says the offending comments were made in Farsi.

Under the cybercrime laws of the desert kingdom, someone can be jailed for making defamatory comments online, even if they were not in the country at the time.

Shahravesh's daughter is now preparing an appeal for her mother's case, Stirling explained, adding that "no-one would really be aware" of the nature of Dubai's harsh cybercrime laws and calling on British authorities to better warn travelers of the risks. But that trip was cut short thanks to her ex-husband's new wife since she was the one who had reported the comments.

"All of that is less important than being separated from my daughter, and that's all I want now, just to be back with her". Her court date has been set for April 11.

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At some point, she returned to London with their daughter, 14, allegedly with the understanding that he would join them at a later date, after his work commitments ended.

"We are so close, especially since her father left us and we only have each other". "But I don't know anyone here well enough for that".

Radha Stirling, who is the Detained In Dubai chief executive and is also representing Ms Shahravesh, said the "experience is heartbreaking" for her client's family. I should have behaved better, but I felt angry, betrayed and hurt.

They had been married for 18 years, living in the UK.

Shahravesh was arrested at the airport with her daughter Paris, when they flew in to attend her ex-husband's funeral after he died of a heart attack.

Sharavesh's sister Laden says her sibling "was treated badly" by police in Dubai.

She said: "The police kept telling me to call someone to take my daughter while I went to Jebel Ali".

The spokesman added: "We are in contact with the UAE authorities regarding her case".

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