Brit woman detained in Dubai after sending a swear word on WhatsApp allowed home
A British woman detained in Dubai for sending a ‘f*** you’ WhatsApp message has been allowed to come home.
The 31-year-old HR manager faced being locked up for two years over the message she sent to her flatmate.
She is apparently ‘relieved’ to be back at her parents’ home in Gloucester and is now trying to move on from the ‘traumatic’ episode.
The Brit was detained as she tried to leave Dubai on January 30 after her Ukrainian flatmate complained to local police about her offensive message.
The pair had reportedly been arguing about the use of their dining room table while working from home during the pandemic.
Officers arrested the 31-year-old on suspicion of breaking UAE cyber laws, however she has now been let off with a £600 fine, The Sun reports.
She was allowed to leave the country after UK diplomats intervened in her case.
Speaking about her detention, the Brit previously told The Sun: “I can’t believe what my flatmate has done — she has been so spiteful.
“I pleaded with her to withdraw the complaint but she said, ‘This is a criminal case’. I’ve never been in trouble. I’m shocked I’ve been criminalised for a private exchange.”
Her case is similar to that of Laleh Shahravesh who was held in Dubai for calling her ex’s new wife a horse on Facebook.
She became the first British citizen to be convicted under the Gulf state’s strict cyber crime laws.
The mum feared she would never see her daughter again as she was detained for 33 days.
Laleh was in trouble simply because her ex-husband’s new wife reported her to police for two emotional messages she posted three years ago.