Norwegian alleges rape, fights Dubai jail sentence

AP News
Posted: Jul 19, 2013 1:22 PM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Norwegian woman sentenced to 16 months in jail in Dubai for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape says she decided to make her case public in hopes of drawing attention to the risks of getting caught up in the Islamic-influenced legal system in the wealthy Gulf city-state.

Marte Deborah Dalelv also told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that she didn't want to remain silent before her appeal in September.

The case has drawn outrage from rights groups and others in the West since the 24-year-old interior designer was sentenced Wednesday. But it also highlights the increasingly frequent tensions between the United Arab Emirates' international atmosphere and its legal system.

Dalelv claims she was detained after reporting the alleged assault in March.