Monday, June 22, 2009

SA Expat jailed

Roxanne Hillier, a 22 year old South African Expat, has been jailed for 3 months in the United Arab Emirates for allegedly having sex with her employer, a 41 year old Emirati.

She was jailed without any proof that they did indeed have sex. Part of the sentence is for "being alone with a non-relative." I do not know all the minor details about this case so I can’t really comment too much on this.

I can go into a rant on how completely stupid such laws are and how repressive it is etc. I could probably write a whole book about it.

The fact however remain, we as SAFFAS should take care when we visit or move to foreign countries. The culture and laws are different and sometimes the justice system is not in your favor. We should therefore take care to educate ourselves about what the culture and laws of the country that we are going to visit is. We should take care to obey such laws, even if you find them strange or stupid.

If you don’t, expect problems.

Anyway, my thoughts are with the Hillier family and I wish Roxanne all the best during this ordeal.


Elle said...

This story has been kept very quiet. This is the first I've read or heard about it.

A 2 Z said...

Having lived in Qatar which is also a Muslim country I think they will have a hard time to prosecute this woman. So many expat women are out and about doing their business without being harassed. I think someone's wife is very pissed and has relatives in the judicial system...

Ina said...

She has been convicted of having sex and her co/accused aquitted, as the medical tests were negative and they have no evidence. Please read the "News Reports" and other info on her support wall. It is now more than ever that we need to get the numbers up on the petition to free her. PLEASE sign the petition and send it on to everyone that you can. Please follow all four steps on the petition site. Links are below:
Free Roxanne Hillier from prison in the UAE - The Petition Site
Roxanne Hillier has been wrongfully charged and is serving a 3 month jail sentence in the UAE.
Facebook support wall:"friend support for Roxanne Hillier"

SA Expats said...

Thanks for the responses. I believed she was freed after serving a couple of months. I also believe she was innocent.

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