Ellie Holman is grateful that her “nightmare” has come to an end.
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The mother who was locked in a “warm and smelly” prison in Dubai after admitting to drinking a glass of wine on an Emirates Airlines flight has been released and reunited with her family in behalf of Sheikh Mohammed of the United Arab Emirates.
“I am shocked and happy to return home to England and that this nightmare comes to an end,” Ellie Holman, a dentist and mother of three from Kent, England, said that upon learning of her release, according to The Guardian.
Holman, 44, added that she “does not believe” in the first instance, “wondered if it was a trap,” before he to the realization that she would indeed be able to return home.
“They apologized on behalf of the immigration official and I was told that I was free of Sheikh Mohammed’s orders and welcome to return to Dubai. They helped me to arrange flights out of the country,” she said.
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Holman was originally detained on 13 July, along with her 4-year-old daughter Bibi, after landing in Dubai and being told by an official that she needed to return to the Uk immediately because of an invalid visa. Holman filmed the encounter, claiming the official was “dismissive and rude.”
Then she was asked whether she had alcohol on the flight, and she admitted that she had. She was taken into custody shortly thereafter.
Holman had been arrested, after he told her visa was invalid, and after the admission to drinking a glass of wine on an Emirates flight.
Holman, in a statement obtained by human rights group Detained in Dubai, which also helped with her case alleged that she and her daughter were forced to sleep on a “filthy mattress, clean toilets, eating food that “smelled like rotting garbage,” and make use of the bathroom on the cell floor before being rescued three days later.
Dubai’s Attorney General’s Office has since challenged those statements, saying that she and her daughter remained in the security of the airport for less than 24 hours, while with them, taking into full account and consideration of her 4-year-old daughter.”
Holman’s daughter back to the united kingdom with Holman’s husband, who allegedly tried in vain to visit Holman, while she was detained.
Holman claims the incident cost her more than 30,000 euros in legal costs and lost wages, and resulted in the closure of her practice.
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After the news of Holman the situation was reported, Dubai officials also disputed the reason Holman was taken into custody.
“We dispute Dr. Holman’s report of her treatment,” an official told The Sun. “She was not, for she had a one-entry visa, as she claimed, because eu citizens get a 30-day visa on arrival. UAE law is strict on people recording others on their mobile phone without permission, will not have helped Dr. Holman’s the case. She was abuse in the direction of the airport staff, which is not tolerated.
Holman claimed she drank a glass of wine on an Emirates flight. Dubai’s laws prohibiting public drunkenness or the drinking of alcohol outside specifically authorized areas.
“We can’t comment further as Dr. Holman, the case is still pending, but there is more to her story than she has told.”
Holman was reunited at the airport with her husband and her children, including her daughters, Bibi, 4, and Suri, 9, as well as her son Noah, 8. They then returned home for a “private family reunion, The Sun reported.
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About Dubai and liquor laws, Radha Stirling, Held in Dubai ‘ s chief executive, said it was “completely illegal for a tourist to any level of alcohol in their blood, even if it is in the flight and will be provided by Dubai’s own airline. It is prohibited to consume alcohol in a bar, a hotel and a restaurant, and when breathalyzed, that person will be locked up.”
However, Australia Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says is poisoned, and not necessarily only having a small amount of alcohol in your system, which is actually prohibited, according to the News.com.au.
“It is forbidden to drink alcohol or be drunk in public,” the department states. “You can be arrested. Foreigners have been arrested on arrival after he was drunk on incoming aircraft or in transit.”
Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.