Dubai Hotel Employee Jailed For Sex With Guest, Abortion

01/03/2011 08:16 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A 25-year-old female employee at a Dubai hotel was sentenced to six months in jail on December 29th, according to The National, a United Arab Emirates newspaper.

The employee, who is only known as "MB," became pregnant after a self-described one-night stand with an American guest at the hotel. She then had an abortion and was arrested on September 7th after checking into a hospital for hemorrhaging.

MB, a non-Muslim from South Africa, was charged with committing "zina"--a Sharia law offense for sex outside marriage--and having an abortion. Sharia, according to USA Today, is Arabic for "path" and is the Islamic law that guides all parts of Muslim life.

MB initially faced a maximum penalty of five years in prison and 100 lashes, although a December 2006 amendment to Sharia prevents non-Muslims from being lashed, according to an earlier article in The National.

The South African woman said she was given six pills by a friend to terminate her pregnancy, though her lawyer argued that the pills were not forensically proven to be abortion pills.

After her six months in jail, MB will be deported back to South Africa.


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