Dubai jails mother with daughter for drinking wine on flight

Dubai jails mother with daughter for drinking wine on flight

"She told the publication that her daughter ". had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. "The man on the phone apologized on behalf of the immigration official who put me and Bibi through all of this".

Ellie takes her partner Gary's surname but they are not legally married, Detained by Dubai said.

According to Metro, Holman stated that her small daughter was also forced to spend the night sleeping next to a toilet in her own jail cell.

Her partner Gary flew to Dubai and was allowed to take Bibi back to the UK.

Dr Ellie Holman, 44, was detained with her daughter, four, after getting into a dispute with staff over her visa - then quizzed over a free drink she was given on the plane.

"She should not have suffered the considerable financial loss incurred by her detention, and her daughter should never have been subjected to this needless trauma".

It should be noted that the British mother and her entire family had visited Dubai many times in the past and had never had any trouble before, which is perhaps why when her husband hadn't heard from her he quickly became anxious.

It is understood she was told her visa was valid for a single visit and ended up being detained after she started filming the immigration officer when he became "dismissive and rude" as she pleaded to be allowed to stay.

Her ordeal began on July 13 when she stepped off the eight-hour flight to be told her visa was only valid for one visit and she'd have to return to London immediately.

Now Ellie faces being stuck in Dubai for up to a year awaiting her court hearing - but is thankfully not behind bars any more.

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Holman was detained with her daughter for three days ina cell.

She claims the duo were dumped in a "baking hot and foul-smelling jail" because consuming booze in the Arab state is illegal. Holman says legal fees and missed work have cost her almost $40,000 so far, and the ordeal is not over yet because authorities confiscated her passport.

After a row, the official asked her if she had been drinking. "I stayed awake for the whole three days".

"I was held in detention, tortured and abused in Dubai and know what the system is like".

Dr Holman said: "My passport remains confiscated until the case is settled, which I have been told will take at least a year".

Dr Holman told Mail Online: "I told him I had a glass of wine on the flight".

Holman continued, "Why do Emirates Airlines serve alcohol for a passenger to drink and then pass through the airport?"

Holman said she was excited to return to England, but revealed the detention had cost her family tens of thousands of pounds and used up all of their savings. "Tourists can not be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of western drinking habits, but this is far from reality", says an official with the NGO.

While it is legal for tourists to consume alcohol on flights to Dubai, it is an offence to be publicly intoxicated in many parts of the United Arab Emirates. "It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel, and a restaurant, and if breathalyzed, that person will be jailed".

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