Brit Mum Ellie Holman Jailed In Dubai For Drinking Wine On A Flight Tells Of Relief To Be Finally Coming Home


THE Brit mum who was held in a Dubai jail  for three days has said she was “left exhausted” by her ordeal and cannot wait to see her family again.

Dr Ellie Holman, 44, from Sevenoaks, said she was held in a “baking and foul-smelling jail” with her four-year-old daughter Bibi.

Facebook Ellie Holman, 44, from Sevenoaks, Kent, was arrested by immigration officials after her eight hour flight touched down at Dubai International Airport

Ahead of flying home she told the MailOnline: “I haven’t even begun to comprehend what’s happened to me.

“I’ve been running on adrenaline alone for the past month and I’m exhausted.”

But Dubai’s Attorney General has questioned her version of events that she was stopped for having a glass of wine on the flight and said Dr Holman had arrived in Dubai with a Swedish passport that expired in June this year.

“She was advised by the immigration officer that she could not enter the country with an expired passport,” said Issa Al Humaidan.

The mum said the thought of getting back on a return long-haul flight with her young daughter was ‘unthinkable’

“She then produced an Iranian passport, and was informed by the officer that she could enter the country by issuing a new temporary visa, which allowed a 96-hour stay, and had to change her departure flight according to the new visa.”

Al Humaidan said “refused angrily due to the additional payment fees the process would require, and proceeded to verbally insult the immigration officer and take photos of the officer via her phone”.

He said charges of “profanity and photographing a government official at the border crossing, a restricted area” were issued against Dr Holman.

The Attorney General said Mrs Holman and her daughter remained together in the airport security office for less than 24 hours and “services provided to them”.

He said when the child’s father, Gary Holman, arrived I Dubai he immediately departed the country.

“The prosecution decided to drop the charges against Ellie Hollman and to deport her instead,” he said.

Inside Dubai desert jail where Brit mum will spend time behind bars if officials decide she broke the law

Dr Holman has also been told she is free to leave at any time and the government will pay for her flights home, Mail Online reports.

“I can’t believe this is over. When I got the call from the government telling me they were dropping the case I was in shock,” she said.

“I was told to prepare for a long stay in Dubai and a prison sentence. The man on the phone apologised on behalf of the immigration official who put me and Bibi through all of this.

“I feel like a weight is off my chest.”

Her release is understood have been ordered after Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed intervened.

She is now hoping to get the first flight home to Sevenoaks in Kent with her children Suri, nine and Noah, eight.

The dentist was detained with her daughter, four, after getting into a dispute with staff over her visa – then quizzed over a free drink she was given on the plane.

She claimed they were dumped in a “baking hot and foul-smelling jail” because consuming alcohol in the strict Arab state is illegal.

While at the jail, she said feared she would be raped after listening to fellow inmates stories of how guards abused prisoners.

Detained in Dubai She was thrown into a cell with her four-year-old daughter Bibi

Dr Holman was visiting Dubai with Bibi for a five-day break and it is understood she’s a regular visitor to the city where she is well-known in the Brit expat community.

She is also said to regularly fly over for weeks at a time to carry out beauty procedures such as Botox.

Getting on the wrong side of an immigration official resulted in her spending three days in a cramped detention centre without food, water and air conditioning.

Her ordeal began on July 13 when she stepped off the eight-hour flight to be told her visa was only valid for one visit and she’d have to return to London immediately.

Facebook Dr Holman is originally from Sweden and works as a dentist

But she says getting back on the long-haul flight with Bibi was “unthinkable” and she got in a tense standoff with the officer at Dubai International Airport.

Dr Holman said he then asked whether she had been drinking and she said she had a free glass of wine given to her by Emirates staff.

The official informed Dr Holman that possession of alcohol is a crime in the UAE, even if it is inside a person’s body, and she was arrested and led away to the cells.

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