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American returns home after UAE Facebook defamation case

Ryan Pate had been charged in Abu Dhabi for complaining online that his employer had suspended his pay over a medical condition

American returns home after UAE Facebook defamation case

An American who was charged with defaming his Abu Dhabi employer in a Facebook post has been allowed to return to the US, according to Florida media.

Ryan Pate was arrested in the emirate in February after returning from a holiday in the US.

During his break he had posted a complaint about his employer, Global Aerospace Logistics, who he said had suspended his pay because of a medical condition.

The civilian helicopter mechanic was facing a possible fine of up to $50,000 and five years in jail on the charge, but GAL agreed to drop the charge last week.

He flew to Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday, where he was greeted by his fiancé and mother, the Bradenton Herald reported.