Norwegian rape case woman leaves the UAE

Marte Deborah Dalelv reportedly flies home after 16-month sentence is dropped
By Courtney Trenwith
Wed 24 Jul 2013 04:27 PM

The Norwegian woman who had her jail sentence for extramarital sex pardoned this week has reportedly left the UAE.

Marte Deborah Dalelv was sentenced to 16 months’ jail on July 17, five months after reporting she had been raped.

Dalelv also was charged with illegally drinking alcohol and held in custody for four days after reporting the incident to police. She was later charged with making a false claim after she retracted her allegations in a bid to have the original charges dropped.

Dalelv had been staying at a Norwegian Christian centre in Dubai since the March incident because her passport was confiscated.

She was on bail awaiting an appeal but was pardoned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Monday.

Dalelv was allowed to immediately leave the UAE and is believed to have flown to the Norwegian capital, Oslo, on Tuesday night.

She told reporters at Dubai International Airport that she needed to “put all this behind me” and she was looking forward to being with family and friends.

Dalelv, who was working for Al Mana Interiors, owned by Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana, has maintained claims she was raped during a business trip to Dubai by a colleague she had asked to escort her to her room at the end of a work event where they had both been drinking alcohol.

The interior designer was suspended by Al Mana and on April 9 was sacked.

The company said the termination was due to communication breaking down with Dalelv and her lawyers.

However, following her pardon, the owner of The ONE, of which Al Mana Interiors is a franchisee, Thomas Lundgren told Arabian Business terminating her employment prior to the conclusion of the court case was “absolutely wrong” and offered her to return to the company in either Dubai or Doha.

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