Marte Deborah Dalelv is a Norwegian interior designer who was in Dubai for a business trip when she reported being raped by a male colleague back in March. She was subsequently charged with sex outside marriage, public intoxication and giving a false statement and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
However, she has been pardoned by Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who said she is free to travel where she wants and can remain in Dubai if she chooses. She is seen here hugging an unnamed Norwegian reporter.
“They told me that I would be pardoned and that they were going to give me my passport back, so I got it immediately,” Dalelv tells reporters. “I get to go home. We want to make it as soon as possible.”
The pardon means that Dalelv has no record of her conviction, but it also means her alleged attacker, who was also charged with public intoxication and having sex outside of marriage, will go free as well.
Another issue that has been receiving press in this matter is the fact that Dalelv was fired from her employer, Al Mana Interiors, while she was being held in Dubai. The company previously said it was because Dalev “declined to have positive and constructive discussions about her employment status.”
Now a representative for the company adds that both Dalelv and the man she accused were terminated for “drinking alcohol at a staff conference that resulted in trouble with the police.”
The company is owned by Wissam Al Mana, the Qatari billionaire who earlier this year married singer Janet Jackson.