A Norwegian woman at the centre of a s*x case in Dubai has been pardoned, according to her lawyer.
The lawyer of 24-year-old Marte Deborah Dalelv told Gulf News that he and his client went to the Dubai Public Prosecution office today, where they were informed that the Dubai government had granted her a pardon.
Mahmoud Azad Abu Gareda said Marte’s 33-year-old Sudanese boss, who was jailed for 13 months for consuming liquor and having consensual s*x, had also been pardoned.
Following the pardon, Abu Gareda said Dalelv has dropped an earlier appeal against the primary verdict.
The lawyer said they are approaching immigration officials to get the violations against Marte cancelled and arrange for her departure from the country, considering that she has received her passport back.
A confirmation from Essam Al Humaidan, Dubai Attorney General, could not be obtained.
Earlier, the Dubai Misdemeanour Court handed Marte a three-month imprisonment for falsely reporting to police that she was r*ped, a month’s imprisonment for drinking and 12 months for having consensual s*x.
When she appeared in the courtroom, she admitted to drinking alcohol but denied having consensual s*x and falsely reporting to police that she was r*ped on March 6.