A woman being held in Dubai after allegedly calling her ex’s new wife a “horse” has appeared in court, according to Sky sources.
Laleh Shahravesh was arrested a month ago on arrival in the United Arab Emirates, three years after making remarks on social media about her ex-husband and his new spouse.
She is accused of breaking Dubai’s cyber crime laws, because of the online ‘insults’. If found guilty she could face two years in prison and a £50,000 fine.
There was no resolution at today’s court hearing and a new hearing will take place next week, Sky News understands.
It is also believed that the second wife has hired a new lawyer for Shahravesh.
That lawyer is said to have asked for more time.
The Detained in Dubai charity tweeted: “The hearing today brought no result, with a further delay as the complainants newly appointed lawyer comes up to speed with the case. #FreeLaleh & Paris’s plight drags on without resolution.”
Shahravesh and her 14-year-old daughter Paris, from Richmond, southwest London, were both arrested at the airport when they arrived in the United Arab Emirates city last month.
The pair were bailed and Paris returned to the UK on a flight on her own but Shahravesh stayed on to await trial.
The 55-year-old is said to have made the comments in 2016 when she saw photographs on Facebook revealing her ex-husband, a Portuguese man called Pedro, had remarried in Dubai. His new wife was a Tunisian woman.
The charity worker wrote on Facebook in the Persian language Farsi: “Khak bar sareh bishooret! Lanat be to. Mano vell kardi Barayeh in asbbb” (I hope you go under the ground you idiot. Damn you. You left me for this horse).”
She said she made a second post that read: “Ba yek horse aroosi kardi ahmagh” (You married a horse you idiot).
The new wife complained to the Dubai police.
Shahravesh was married to Pedro for 18 years and spent eight months of that time living together in Dubai, where he worked.
Their marriage broke up after she moved back to the UK with their daughter.
Shahravesh, in comments explaining why she made the posts to Detained in Dubai, said: “After 18 years of marriage, such a small amount of time apart, he was getting married so quickly. He didn’t even have enough respect for me to tell me in advance.”