Dubai pardons Norwegian ‘rape victim’ Marte Deborah Dalelv who got jail for ‘extramarital sex’

Freya Peterson — Global Post July 22, 2013

A Norwegian woman convicted of having extramarital sex after reporting being raped in Dubai has been pardoned.

Marte Deborah Dalelv, 42, told The Associated Press that she and was given back her passport on Sunday by the public prosecutor’s office and was free to leave the country.

The news came days after she was sentenced to 16 months in prison for having sex outside marriage.

Norway’s Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide tweeted:

Marte is released! Thanks to everyone who signed up to help #ReleaseMarte — Espen Barth Eide (@EspenBarthEide) July 22, 2013

The 42-year-old Dalelv claimed she was raped in March by a co-worker  but after going to police was herself charged with a sex offense and, according to the BBC, had her money and passport confiscated.

She said her alleged attacker received a 13-month sentence for extramarital sex and alcohol consumption.

On Friday, CBS recorded an interview with Dalelv, in which she sais she wanted to draw attention to the risks of outsiders misunderstanding Dubai, a cosmopolitan city with “Islamic-influenced” legal codes.