Innocent British Citizen found guilty in Dubai
(46yrs), has been handed a 1 month suspended prison sentence in effect for 12 months. During this period she has no right to make complaints about her ex-husband and is denied the right to travel, work or even secure an apartment as the police still hold her passport. In addition to this, should the ex-husband make a complaint about her relating to their child, she will serve her jail term and then likely be deported.
The family understands from Afsana’s lawyers that they put in a strong defence and are shocked at the verdict. Evidence and witnesses were not permitted. Afsana is planning to appeal.
Furthermore, Afsana now faces another trial of defamation of character for which she must go through the whole emotional and costly process again. “We firmly believe it is her ex-husband’s intention to mire her in one case after another. He has legal custody of their child now and yet he still wishes to punish her and have her put in prison,” said her son from her first marriage Rabbhi
The case against her in the Dubai court of misdemeanours was brought by her French ex-husband (38yrs), after she did not turn up for a pre-arranged paternal visit on 9th March, 2012.
Afsana was too scared to turn up, fearing for the baby’s safety as well as her own as her ex-husband had assaulted her in public, made repeated threats and previously attempted to snatch the child.
Afsana fled her husband in 2011 with her baby son in fear for her life after being subjected to physical and mental abuse. For three years she was her son’s sole carer until he was snatched by her ex-husband in late October, 2013. She has not seen her son since that day.
It transpired the ex-husband had been awarded custody in her absence and without her knowledge in October 2012 on the (false) basis that she was a bad mother.
Rabbhi had the following things to say “All my mum’s attempts to explain and produce her own evidence against this charge, met with a wall of indifference,”
“She is a victim of a vengeful campaign by her ex-husband who is trying to punish her using the U.A.E legal system.”
“It is the victim of domestic violence that is being punished here rather than the abuser. For the last three years, my mum has had no freedom of movement, no home and no finances.”
The family urge the British Government to intervene to try and secure Afsana’s release from Dubai and custody over her own child.
The family also appeal to the ruling Sheik that this injustice is happening on his own soil and that a mother be released and reunited with her child for she is innocent of this charge.