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Queensland woman tells of her jail hell in United Arab  Emirates

  • By Kay Dibben
  • From: The  Sunday Mail (Qld)
  • March 27,  2011

 

Alicia Gali

NIGHTMARE ORDEAL: Alicia Gali is  warning other women to be cautious overseas. Picture: Jamie Hanson Source: The Sunday Mail (Qld)

A QUEENSLAND woman spent eight months in a United Arab Emirates jail for  adultery after complaining to police about being drugged and raped by  co-workers.

Alicia Gali, 29, yesterday detailed her harrowing ordeal after filing a  Queensland lawsuit against the five-star international resort where the attack  allegedly took place in 2008.

Warning other women against going to the UAE, Ms Gali said she endured eight  months in a crowded prison room with up to 30 other women after she complained  to authorities of being raped.

“These countries don’t have the same laws as us. You can end up in serious  trouble,” she said.

Apart from her family, no one in Australia knew Ms Gali had been jailed for  adultery and illegal drinking, because Australian embassy staff advised her and  her family not to go to the media.

“It was just traumatising,” she said.

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“Everything that happened was the worst thing that somebody could go  through.”

“You’re just totally alone in a foreign country, with no assistance from your  employer or the embassy.”

Ms Gali, a salon manager at the resort, said she had been in the staff bar,  where she was told she could legally drink, when another employee put ice in her  drink.

She said it was the last thing she remembered before waking the next day in  her room with painful injuries.

“I didn’t know what had happened. I was traumatised, I felt ill. I didn’t  even remember getting there or what had happened,” Ms Gali said.

She said it was only when she took herself to hospital did she realise she  had been sexually assaulted.

Later she learned she had been heard screaming and security guards had found  men hiding in her room, where she was naked and unconscious.

When she was discharged from hospital she was asked to go to a police station  to make a statement and then speak in front of a judge.

“I realised when I was put in a police car that I was being taken to  jail.”

Ms Gali said she was never warned by her UAE employers that she could be  charged with adultery and face prison if she complained of being raped, without  having four adult male Muslim witnesses.

“I didn’t even know what the charges were until five months into my  sentence,” Ms Gali said.

Three of the men Ms Gali claimed sexually abused her were jailed, but for  adultery and not rape.

After serving eight months of a 12-month sentence, Ms Gali was pardoned and  released and flew home in March 2009.

Since then she has been treated for post traumatic stress disorder, suffered  claustrophobia and flashbacks.

“I felt depressed, angry and confused,” she said.

“I was the victim. I’d had something wrong done to me and I was being  punished.”

Law firm Maurice Blackburn on Thursday filed a damages claim in the Supreme  Court in Brisbane, alleging Ms Gali’s employer failed to warn her of the risk of  being drugged, raped, charged with adultery and jailed if she complained.

Solicitor Melissa Payne said it was a complex legal case and they would  consult experts in UAE law.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/queensland-woman-tells-of-her-jail-hell-in-united-arab-emirates/story-e6frfq80-1226028892697#ixzz1HrfDAEmG

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