Norwegian rape case woman leaves the UAE

Marte Deborah Dalelv reportedly flies home after 16-month sentence is dropped

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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Posted by: Party chick

As a woman living 20 years in Dubai, myself and all of my social group feel saddened that we are no longer safe here.
Any woman who gets attacked under the influence will now be too afraid to report it.
Hence open season for rapists.
Rapists now have carte blanche to attack any woman who is drunk.
If drinking is such a crime we should ban it?
No one deserves to get raped under any circumstances.
The judgemental comments terrify me.

Posted by: Ken Peterson

All the English language main stream media reports I have seen have serious obvious problems. They apparently did not check their facts and lacked understanding of the basics of country and culture. It is, of course, terrible that this person was victimized. It is also terrible that she could have been working in the area for so long and yet herself understood so little of the basics -- if these things were actually so. As generally reported in the West, the story has the look and feel of hate propaganda and is defamatory of people of the area, of Islam and of Muslims. Those, of course, are the "yellow journalism" elements that made it popular and commercially successful "news".
(In perspective, I am a native born U.S. citizen of characteristic Northern European extraction and am not Muslim. But I object to sloppy, ignorant hate mongering.)

Posted by: Ahmed Abdulrahman

Can we change the subject and move on please? Do not break the law and you will be fine.

Posted by: Guest

You mean, do not report rape and you will be fine.

Posted by: Roula

She was publicised in the media and what about the guy who raped her????Why we don't hear from the media what happened to him?


Nice to know that.Forgiveness is the character of the Creator and who has the faith in God. Forgiveness brings much more Blessings. The Person who forgives will have a peace of mind and will receive great blessings at all times.

Regards and God Bless the all the concern and Authorities who has forgiven the lady and let her go..

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