Norwegian held up for extra-marital sex after complaining rape returns home

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She was allegedly raped by a co-worker but was arrested herself for extra-marital sex.Reuters She was allegedly raped by a co-worker but was arrested herself for extra-marital sex.Reuters
SummaryThe issue has snowballed into a controversy forcing Dubai authorities to pardon her.

A Norwegian woman at the center of a Dubai rape dispute has returned to Norway. Marte Deborah Dalelv was sentenced to 16 months in prison by a court in the Persian Gulf state after she had gone to police to report that she had been raped by a co-worker after having cocktails. The 24-year-old Norwegian was held in custody for four days and convicted for extra-marital sex and alcohol consumption.

Dubai authorities eventually decided to pardon Dalelv, likely in the hope of avoiding a public relations backlash and a possible tourist boycott. Arriving in Norway on Wednesday, Dalelv told the NRK news agency that she was happy to be home and looked forward to eating pork again.

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