A British woman and her lover have been jailed for two months for adultery in Dubai a crime in the repressive UAE.
Sally Antia was arrested after her estranged husband Vincent Antia told police she was conducting an affair with Mark Hawkins.
Mr Antia is thought to have informed police about the affair to benefit from laws under which wronged husbands get custody of the children.
Mrs Antia and her boyfriend will spend the next month in the spartan Al Aweer prison after
which they will be deported to Britain. They were sentenced to two months but will serve only one after the month they have already spent in the cells is taken into account.
Under Emirati law, there is very little legal provision for Mrs Antia to
get custody of her two girls, aged 11 and 13, who are being looked after by their father in Dubai. And being convicted of a dishonour crime could wreck her chances completely.
Amnesty International UK director Kate Allen said: Sally and
Mark should not be in jail right now and should never have been facing criminal charges in the first place. The sex lives of consenting adults shouldn't be a criminal matter. Sally and Mark should be released, immediately and unconditionally.
A British mother jailed for adultery in Dubai has been freed - straight into the arms of the husband who put her behind bars. Sally Antia has apparently decided to forgive Vincent Antia even though he told police she was having an affair,
which is illegal in the Islamic country.
Both Antia and her lover Hawkins served six weeks of their two-month sentence. Two weeks were spent in prison, the rest being in a police cell awaiting trial.
A South African woman has been jailed in the United Arab Emirates for sleeping with her boss in the latest example of the country's hardline approach to sex outside marriage.
Roxanne Hillier has now been jailed for three months even though she
agreed to carry out medical tests to prove there had been no sexual contact.
Roxanne Hillier was asleep in a room above the dive shop where she worked in the emirate of Sharjah when police broke down the locked door and arrested her.
claimed she was having an affair with her boss, an Emirati, who was downstairs at the time repairing the shop's dive equipment. She was also accused of being alone in the same room with him, also technically a crime in Sharjah.
Freddie Hillier, said police records showed the raid was ordered after someone rang them to say her boss was using the room above the shop to have sex with foreign women: We believe it was aimed at the boss of the place. My daughter was caught in the
Hillier said his daughter's big mistake was to sign a confession in Arabic that she did not understand: They were shouting at her in Arabic. She was scared and made the mistake of bowing to pressure. She thought that was going
to get her off.
She was brought before a court on May 22 for a fifteen-minute hearing conducted in Arabic. Last week, she was brought before the court again to be told briefly that she had been found guilty and sentenced to three months'
jail. Her boss was sentenced to six months.
An appeal in the case is due to be heard on Sunday.
Update: South African
Thanks to Freddie who pointed out that
Roxanne is South African, not British as widely reported.
The woman recently sentenced to three months in jail in the United Arab Emirates on sex-related charges has lost her appeal against the sentence.
But, in a strange twist, the man Roxanne Hillier was alleged to have had sex with, and who had also
been sentenced on these charges, has been released from jail.
As far as we understand, there is no other way that we can take this further in court. But we are exploring other options, Maxine Hillier said shortly after her sister's appeal
was heard on Monday.
Hillier, 22, a dive instructor, had been fighting for her freedom since her arrest just more than a month ago. She and the owner of the centre were arrested during a police raid on May 16. She was later found guilty of being
alone in a room with a man to whom she was not related, and of engaging in sex out of wedlock.
Her boss, a UAE citizen who is married with children, was sentenced to six months' jail and Hillier to three months.
unsurprisingly insisted the charges were trumped up and that foul play was involved. Strangely the authorities have listed Hillier as muslim when she is in fact christian. They said she had been working late the day of her arrest and had decided to sleep
in a locked guest room at the dive centre, while her boss was working in another room. Her father Freddie said the police had forced their way into the centre and broke down Hillier's door.
Maxine Hillier said her family was battling to accept
the appeal decision: The family is taking it badly. My sister and my mother are taking a lot of strain . However, they were still hoping to use the release of Hillier's boss to help her sister.
Petition and Facebook to free Roxanne from UAE jail
3rd July 2009. From
Freddie, Ina and Maxine Hillier.
Our daughter / sister, Roxanne Hillier has been in prison in the UAE since 16th May. She and her boss were found guilty and convicted to 3 months and 6 months, respectively for having sex out of wedlock, this is despite the fact that the medical tests
were negative. They were also found guilty of being alone in a room, despite the fact that the police broke into the locked bedroom and found Roxanne alone there. Her boss was caught elsewhere with tools in his hands.
Roxanne lost her appeal and
was sent back to prison to complete her full sentence, while her boss was acquitted on the charge of having sex with her and was released immediately.
How can she be guilty of having sex with him, yet he is innocent and did not have sex with her?
We ask that you please log into her petition site Free Roxanne Hillier from prison in the UAE Please sign the petition and
send it on to everyone in your address book. Also please put the word out to everyone you can. We desperately need all the signatures that we can get to make a difference.
We also ask that you please log into Roxanne's support wall, where you can
leave her a note of support. These messages are printed and given to Roxanne and help to keep her spirits up and keep her sane. The Facebook Support wall is called
Friend support for Roxanne Hillier
We (her family) thank you for reading this and would
also like to thank all those that have already done so, from the bottoms of our hearts. Roxanne is innocent and has been unfairly imprisoned.
Freddie, Ina and Maxine Hillier.
24th July 2009.
Our prayers were answered this morning and Roxanne was suddenly released (we believe) by an order from His Highness, Sheik Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Quasimi, Ruler of
We, the Hillier family would like to thank you all for your support in signing this petition. Words cannot express our gratitude to each and every one of you.