English version: Dubai ruler pardons Marte Dalelv, who was convicted after she reported rape
- Now I am free. Finally, says Dalelv.
The Norwegian woman claimed she was raped in March, but when she went to the police she was charged with having sex outside marriage, drinking alcohol without permission and giving false statement to the police.
Last week Dalelv was sentenced to 16 months in prison. The sentence caused widespread outrage in western media, and over 50.000 people signed an online petition to free Marte Dalelv.
- I am very, very happy, Dalelv told NRK just minutes after the pardoning was announced Monday.
- Now I am free. Finally.
Call from the foreign minister
Foreign Minister in Norway Espen Barth Eide, called Dalelv’s parents himself to give them the good news.
- It came as a surprise. We had no idea how this situation would play out, says Marte Deborahs mother, Evelyn Dalelv, in an interview with Aftenposten.
- We are very relieved and happy.
The family is still uncertain when their daughter will come home from Dubai.
- Marte has a lot to digest. We want her home as soon as possible.
- I hope this case is a wake-up call for the legal situation in many parts of the world, including the UAE, he said.
The foreign minister gave special thanks to the Norwegian Seamen’s Center in Dubai.
Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg wrote on Twitter: "Happy that Marte has been pardoned and that she is a free woman again."
Working in Dubai
Marte Dalelv was on a work trip to Dubai with her colleagues in the interior company she worked with. Together with both female and male colleagues they went out for a night on the town.
She woke up the next day with her clothes of, and went to the police to report the assault.
The police did not believe her, and she was detained in a prison cell for four days.
* I begynnelsen av juli i år ble Marte Deborah Dalelv (24) dømt til 16 måneders fengsel for alkoholbruk, sex utenfor ekteskapet og for å ha avgitt falsk forklaring, etter at hun anmeldte en voldtekt i Dubai under en jobbreise.
* Hun anket saken umiddelbart, og ankesaken er ventet å begynne i september.
* Kort tid etter anmeldelsen fikk Dalelv sparken fra jobben sin hos Al Mana Interiors, som var hennes formelle arbeidsgiver i Qatar.
* Interiørfirmaet har i etterkant av oppsigelsen sagt at de sympatiserer med 24-åringen og har tilbudt henne hjelp.
* Dalelv får fri rettshjelp fra Norge. Utenriksminister Espen Barth Eide har engasjert seg sterkt i saken og har lovt å følge saken helt til Marte er hjemme i Norge igjen.
* Saken har også fått stor oppmerksomhet internasjonalt og er blant annet omtalt av CNN, BBC og Al Jazeera.
* Dalelv har de siste månedene bodd i den norske sjømannskirken i Dubai og ønsker ifølge Eide også å bo her i månedene som kommer. 24-åringen har fått passet sitt beslaglagt i påvente av ankesaken, og kan dermed ikke forlate landet.
* Mandag møtte Dalelv statsadvokaten i Dubai. (©NTB)