Thursday, January 22, 2009

British woman convicted of adultery in Dubai

Read the article below.I believe that non citizens of Dubai should not be convicted under their archaic laws.Not a single member of this crime is a Dubai citizen.She is British,the alleged lover is British and her ex husband who laid the charge is Egyptian.This is a crime which has not affected Dubai in any way.There is not even proof of this alleged adultery except for the word of the ex husband.Dubai cannot expect to be accepted as a "normal" country and still have laws like this.By the way in case you did not know it is a crime to indulge in any activity that can harm Dubai's reputation including reporting on job cuts in Dubai or the fact that property prices are set to drop.I think their own archaic laws are damaging Dubai's reputation.Who gets convicted now?Anyway read the article below and add a comment if you wish.

A British woman today lost an appeal against her conviction for adultery in Dubai.
Marnie Pearce instead had her prison sentence reduced from six months to three by the Dubai appeal court.
The 40-year-old was also ordered to pay a fine and will be deported.
Pearce, a mother of two originally from Bracknell, Berkshire, was found guilty of adultery by a Dubai court in November after being accused of cheating on her Egyptian ex-husband.
She insisted she was innocent and said she feared losing custody of her young sons if she went to prison. She remained on bail while she attempted to overturn her conviction.
It was not immediately clear whether Pearce would have to start her sentence immediately.
She married her former husband, who she met in Oman, in the Seychelles in September 1999.
They had two children, Laith, now seven, and Ziad, four, and moved to Dubai, but their marriage later broke down.
In March last year, Pearce was arrested and accused of committing adultery with a British man who she insisted was only a friend.

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