Jodi Magi, an Australian national, was deported from United Arab Emirates on Tuesday after being detained for about 53 hours in Capital prison. She was arrested and fined for insulting social media posts on FACEBOOK Page, Abu Dhabi officials.
She is placed on a flight to Bangkok, her “destination of choice”, according to sources.
It all started in February, 2015 when she took a picture of a vehicle parked across two disabled parking bays and adding “insulting remarks” about the driver, then posted it on her facebook page.
The 39 year-old, moved to Abu Dhabi in 2012, has worked in the Emirates teaching graphic design and ran a website, a blog and multiple other social media accounts.
However, after a complaint to police, the case was filed in the court in June. Magi was found guilty and charged under the UAE’s Cyber Crime law.
Magi was sentenced to pay a fine of 10,000 Dirhams (app. $2,700) and most likely deportation from the country.
On July 12, Magi appeared in Abu Dhabi court to pay the court-ordered fine. But she was arrested and taken into custody by the authorities.
“The consular support was given to Magi and representatives have been in touch with her, husband and lawyer since May 25 when she was sentenced for cyber crimes offence,” a statement issued by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Julie Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister, told the reporters that she believes Magi will be deported in “a very short time” and consular officials were assisting Magi and her family.
Magi posted on her website late Tuesday that “she was strip-searched, blood tested, forced to sleep on a concrete floor without a mattress”. Moreover, she was “pretty traumatized” by the experience.
All the foreign nationals are responsible for their own conducts and actions while they’re on foreign territory. The tourists and workers living abroad are subject to the laws of the country they are residing in.
Anyone travelling to the Emirates is advised to abide by the rules and laws of the nation to avoid any sort of trouble and inconvenience.