Wednesday, February 5, 2014

UAE: Update--Postscript on Austrian Student, 29, Raped by Yemeni in Dubai

According to http://www.gulfnews.com, prosecution records reportedly reveal that an Austrian student, 29, who reported that she was raped by a Yemini assailant in Dubai have revealed have NOT been dropped, although the young rape victim collected her passport with the assistance of senior representatives of the Austrian Foreign Ministry and returned to Vienna on January 30 in the company of Ministry officials.

According to Dubai prosecutors, the rape victim failed to attend an investigation hearing before prosecutors that was scheduled on Sunday (February 2) to determine if she was raped or had agreed to consensual sex. 

COMMENT: “Yes, she has gone back to Vienna," according to the prosecutors' office. "I cannot give any further details due to confidentiality. We will see upcoming developments and decide on the required legal action,” the woman’s advocate Mohammad al-Redha told GULF NEWS.

It is most interesting that a woman's advocate in the UAE is a man.

Austrian media reports cited an Austrian Foreign Ministry’s statement confirming that the rape victim landed in Vienna on Thursday evening (January 30).

Al-Redha refused to comment on the legal outcome concerning his client’s failure to show up for the investigation session before the al-Rifaa prosecution.

“In case the suspect fails to do so, then the suspect could be subject to legal action. It’s up to law enforcement officers to decide on what and whether or not legal action should be taken.”

“In her statement in the presence of men, the Austrian rape victim confirmed that the Yemeni duped her into going to his car in a hotel parking garage where he raped her after he locked the doors. 

On January 28, prosecutors referred the footage of the surveillance cameras to the Technical Office of Dubai’s Attorney-General for further investigation. No decision has been taken pertaining to the primary charges as the investigation continues,” said the senior prosecutor.

The woman alleges that she was pressured by the man and his father, who is a policeman, into confessing to having consensual sex. Meanwhile the Yemeni claimed that the Austrian offered him money for having sex with her.

The fact that the Austrian Foreign Ministry sent a senior representative to Dubai to bring the young rape victim back to Vienna suggests that they have little confidence in the UAE's treatment of women in the Emirates.

No doubt, foreign women visiting the UAE almost never get transparent treatment in the UAE's form of jurisprudence, which is exactly why the Austrian Foreign Ministry insisted in returning the rape victim to her home country.