A BRITISH mum jailed in Dubai for calling her ex husband’s new wife a “horse” on Facebook has returned to the UK after being freed from “the most horrendous” ordeal.
Laleh Shahravesh, 55, from Richmond, London, landed in Heathrow this morning after her passport was returned by authorities in the UAE.
British mum Laleh is greeted by her daughter Paris after being freed by authorities in Dubai[/caption]
She was swiftly reunited with her 14-year-old daughter Paris in an emotional scene at the airport.
Laleh was detained under controversial cyber-crime laws as she visited the United Arab Emirates for her funeral of ex-husband Pedro Correia Dos Santos in March.
Authorities had received a complaint over posts made three years ago and the terrified Brit was warned she faced prosecution and up to two years in prison.
But during a court appearance on Thursday, a judge ordered that her passport was to be returned if she paid a fine of £624.
Speaking to Sky News, who were present for the call with Paris, she said: “It’s been the most horrendous period of my life.
“I’ve never been separated from Paris in this way and every day part of me was dying from being away from her, during a time when I knew she needed me the most. So yes, it’s been very traumatic.”
Laleh and her daughter had travelled to Dubai on March 10 for the funeral of her ex-husband, who was also Paris’ father.
After discovering he had remarried in 2016, Laleh called his new wife, Samah Al Hammadi, from Tunisia, a “horse” on Facebook.
Laleh appeared emotional after being greeted by daughter Paris[/caption]
The British mum had been detained after insulting posts, written to her ex-husband’s new wife, were flagged to authorities in the UAE[/caption]
The Detained in Dubai campaign group welcomed the conclusion of the case, but cautioned that “serious concerns remain regarding the many risks for foreigners in the UAE”.
Radha Stirling, the campaign group’s chief executive, said: “We maintain that the case against Laleh should have been dismissed at the outset, and while we are pleased that her nightmare is over, her conviction on this absurd case sets a dangerous precedent.
“We are pleased that Laleh will be allowed to return home to be reunited with her daughter Paris; but serious concerns remain regarding the many risks for foreigners in the UAE, as well as the apparent docility of the UK consular staff in the Emirates and the refusal of the FCO (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) to update its travel warnings for British citizens to provide them with a more accurate evaluation of the dangers they face in the UAE.”
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