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US woman who insulted the UAE to undergo psychological evaluation

Woman was arrested and charged with verbally insulting the UAE and its leaders while waiting for a taxi at Abu Dhabi airport.

US woman who insulted the UAE to undergo psychological evaluation

An American woman accused of insulting the government of the UAE will undergo a psychological evaluation, the Federal Supreme Court has ruled.

The 25-year-old woman was arrested and charged with verbally insulting the UAE and its leaders while waiting for a taxi at Abu Dhabi airport on February 23.

During her trial on Monday, the defendant insisted to be sentenced. Her lawyer then requested the evaluation.

She initially chose not to appoint a lawyer or accept court-appointed representation and waived her right to legal counsel to speed up court proceedings. However, her parents requested that a lawyer be appointed through the American embassy.

The judge on her trial accepted the evaluation and told the defendant: “I can’t sentence you today with a request stating that you might have been unaware and irresponsible for your actions.”

During the trial, the woman denied accusations of having caused a scene at Abu Dhabi airport and said she was simply waiting for a taxi when two men approached her and did not like the way she spoke to them.

The case was adjourned to May 16.