By Staff writer
Office of Dubai Public Prosecutor closes case involving alleged rape of British woman; says evidence shows act was consensual
The office of Dubai Public Prosecutor said on Tuesday it has closed the case involving the alleged rape of a British national "following careful examination of all evidence".
The Office said in a statement issued by the Dubai Media Office that it has decided not to proceed with legal proceedings regarding the case involving the British woman, named only as ZJM.
It clarified that a thorough review of statements given by the British woman and the two suspects as well as the reports of investigating officers from Dubai Police, showed that the act happened with the consent of the three parties in question.
A video obtained from the mobile phone of one of the suspects detailing the act was a key evidence that supported this conclusion, the statement said.
The alleged rape was reported in late October by the British woman at Al Barsha police station.
The two male suspects, also British nationals, were arrested and questioned. The three parties were later released on bail. Their passports were retained to facilitate proper investigations.
"Dubai’s legal system takes reports of all crimes very seriously, including and especially violence against women, and conducts thorough investigations of all incidents," the statement added.