Monday, September 26, 2016

Fake Rape Victim Deported: Qatar Slams Dutch Woman’s Sexual Abuse Claims

Fake Rape Victim Deported: Qatar Slams Dutch Woman’s Sexual Abuse Claims

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Authorities in Qatar are preparing to deport a Dutch woman who was jailed on charges of illicit sex after she reported rape in March.

The 22-year-old woman named Laura was a tourist and said she was drugged at a nightclub in Doha and raped, which she realized after she found herself in an unknown apartment upon getting back to her senses. But when she reported the incident to the police, she was instead arrested and charged with having sex out of wedlock, the ABC reported.

Yvette Burghgraef-van Eechoud, the Dutch ambassador to Qatar, confirmed that the Dutch woman was given a one-year suspended statement. She added that Laura is expected to be deported this week to the Netherlands once the ruling was formalized. The woman was placed on probation for three years and fined 3,000 Qatari Riyals (AU$1,114) for getting drunk outside a licensed location.

Syrian national Omar Abdullah Al-Hasan, the man in question, said he did engage in sexual intercourse with Laura, but added that it was consensual. Al-Hasan pleaded guilty to having illicit consensual sex and consuming alcohol in public and was subjected to 140 lashes as punishment.

There was, however, no mention of the rape during the proceedings and neither of the defendants were also present at the hearing, the CNN reported.

“We will do everything we can to get her out of the country as soon as possible to where she says she wants to go,” Eechoud told the reporters outside the court. Brian Lokollo, a lawyer hired by Laura’s family, said she was having a drink at a hotel bar with a friend but started feeling unwell sometime after having a drink. When she reported it to the police, they put her in jail instead.

Eechoud said that Laura’s appeal for privacy needs to be respected. The authorities in Qatar could not be reached immediately for comments.