Brit gang rape victim arrested for drinking alcohol without license in Dubai

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 07, 2012 06:10 hrs

A British ex-pat who had complained to Dubai police that she had been raped by three men was reportedly arrested for drinking alcohol without a license, according to a report.

The 28-year-old woman, who was not identified, admitted to Dubai police that she was drinking in the hours before the July attack and was arrested and fined for boozing without a license, the New York Daily News reports.

According to the report, strict Islamic laws in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) forbid ex-pats from drinking alcohol without a pass from the government.

Two of the woman's alleged attackers, described as Iranian men, are now on trial in Dubai, while the third man is still at-large, the report said.

During testimony, the woman said she was kidnapped from a taxi on July 6 by three men who told her driver they were her friends, and took her to an apartment in Naif, a seedy district, taking turns raping her, while one of them videotaped the attack.

The woman had been drinking at a bar in Dubai and was drunk when she left in the cab at around 3 a.m., the report added.

The attackers eventually fled, leaving the woman dazed and battered on a mattress. She then took a cab to her apartment and told her roommate she had been raped, according to the report.

The 26-year-old roommate went with her to police, where the alleged victim was arrested and later fined around 200 dollars during separate proceedings, the report concluded. (ANI)

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