Ellie Holman said that she was imprisoned, along with her daughter, after drinking a glass of wine on an Emirates flight to Dubai.
A mother from Kent, England, and her young daughter were imprisoned in Dubai for three days – where she was allegedly denied water and forced to clean toilets – after they admitted to drinking a glass of wine on the incoming Emirates flight from London.
It is forbidden to drink alcohol or be drunk in public in Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates.
Ellie Holman, a 44-year-old dentist, originally from Sweden, who settled in Britain with her husband and their three children, was arrested on July 13 after landing in Dubai with her 4-year-old daughter, the Press Association reported.
Upon arrival in Dubai, an official allegedly told Holman she needed to return to the Uk immediately because of an invalid visa, at which point she took out her phone and started filming the encounter, according to the human rights of the group Held in Dubai.
Holman says the official “dismissive and rude” to her, and asked if they had the consumption of alcohol. She admitted to the official that they have a free glass of wine on the Emirates flight.
Holman, who was not aware that it is an insult to the film encounter, and it is illegal to drink alcohol, was taken into custody, Locked up in Dubai reported. The mother and her daughter also had their passports and electronic devices seized.
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Holman said in a statement to Held in Dubai that the prison guards also attempted to pull out her hair extensions, and the prison facility was “hot and stinky.” She claimed that she and her daughter were forced to sleep on a “filthy mattress” and clean toilets.
“My little girl had to go to the toilet in the cell floor. I’ve never heard her cry in the same way as they did in that cell,” Holman said in a statement.
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Holman added that they receive food that “smelled like rotting garbage.” She said that her husband and friends tried to visit her in the prison, but they were not allowed to see her.
Holman was released on bail days later, but could face “locked up in Dubai for up to a year pending a hearing,” The Guardian reported. Her passport was confiscated until the case is ready, and she claims to have lost thousands of dollars in missed wages and legal costs.
Her daughter back to the United Kingdom with her husband.
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Holman was initially travelling to Dubai with her daughter to visit friends for a few days. She is in the country.
A representative for Emirates was not immediately available to answer questions relating to the consumption of alcohol on flights entering Dubai.
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.”
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