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08th Apr 2019

British woman faces jail in Dubai after insulting ex-husband’s new wife on Facebook

Alan Loughnane

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The post dates back to three years ago.

A British mum could be jailed in Dubai after she called her ex-husband’s new wife a horse on Facebook three years ago.

Laleh Shahravesh, 55, of Richmond, south-west London, was arrested together with her teenage daughter at Dubai airport in March.

She faces up to two years in jail and a fine of £50,000 for two Facebook posts she made while living in the UK in 2016, according to the Detained In Dubai campaign group.

After her arrest, police took Shahravesh’s passport and she is unable to leave the country.

Her daughter, Paris, flew home alone on her scheduled flight five days later and has been staying with relatives.

Shahravesh had been married to her husband for 18 years when, after a short time apart, she received divorce papers and saw that her husband had remarried.

She posted two comments on Facebook with one of them saying: “I hope you go under the ground you idiot. Damn you.” She then made a disparaging remark about her ex-husband’s new wife.

Under the UAE’s cyber-crime laws, a person can be jailed or fined for making defamatory statements on social media.

Shahravesh was visiting Dubai to pay respects to her former husband, after he had just died of a heart attack, according to a human rights group that is representing her.

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