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By Seabee
I was going to post about this earlier in the week but decided to wait for more information and for the muddy waters to clear. It's still all very murky but we know a bit more now.
Sadly it's another in a long line of victim jailed cases such as I posted about a few days ago.
Back in Australia there was a hearing in Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday of last week when lawyers acting for a young Queensland woman, Alicia Gali, were given leave to sue Fujeirah's Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort for breaching its workplace obligations and failing to have systems in place to protect their workers against assault.
That opened a can of worms.
On Monday it was in the news, with headlines like:
Drugged, raped, then jailed for 'adultery' 
and
Queensland woman tells of her jail hell in United Arab Emirates
The details are murky but it goes back to 2008, when Alicia reported to police that she had been raped by three co-workers at the hotel after they spiked her drink in the hotel staff bar.
It seems the three men were not charged with rape but they and Alicia were found guilty of illicit sex, and presumably consuming alcohol.
Alicia got a year in Al Slammer and served eight months before being pardoned.
She claimed she had no assistance from her employer or the embassy, which the hotel immediately denied. They issued a statement that they had helped 'including assisting with medical support, arranging for financial support, assistance with the investigation, liaising with her representative embassy and arranging for her family to come to the UAE from Australia'.  
The following day her lawyers refuted those claims.
I told you it was all very murky. It'll get worse as the case progresses too with the international spotlight firmly on the laws here and the way they're administered. Let's hope it brings about some changes.
BTW, if you read the stories I've linked to below you'll see they contain warnings against travelling to the UAE. The only news outlet here I've seen the story in is Arabian Business, who simultaneously reported a UK survey in which Dubai came fifth in a survey which asked travellers which destinations they felt most at risk in.
That's strange about a country that's one of the world's safest, but it's not safety in relation to muggings or violence against them they're concerned about. It has to be the regular reports of people being jailed for consuing alcohol, for verbal insults, for giving the finger and of victims being jailed that cause the concern.
Here's the first story and also
here.
Hotel defends itself.
Not true say lawyers.
Dubai not safe survey.

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