Jailed over FB post: Abu Dhabi Jodi Magi

Published: July 14, 2015

Jailed over FB post: Abu Dhabi Jodi Magi, Australian woman Jodi Magi who was arrested in Abu Dhabi over Facebook posts has been released after two days in jail and deported from the Unites Arab Emirates.

The 39-year-old West Australian woman was arrested and jailed on Sunday morning after she had been found guilty of “writing bad words on social media”.

Ms Magi was taken to the airport by authorities on Tuesday evening and flown out of the country.

She had spent 53 hours in custody where she claims she was shackled at the ankles, strip-searched, forced to sleep on a concrete floor without a mattress or pillow and had no access to toilet paper or eating utensils.

Ms Magi, who says she was traumatised by the experience, said she was affected by the many women she met in the Abu Dhabi jail system who were what she called “victims of rampant and systemic police corruption where evidence, ethics and due process are unheard-of concepts”.

“I have nothing to complain about compared to the vast majority of women I met whose only crime was being poor, marrying the wrong guy, getting pregnant outside of marriage,” Ms Magi wrote.

“I still feel incredibly guilty leaving them in there when I am typing this from the luxury of an airport restaurant.”

Human rights group Amnesty International said there were more than 60 local activists in prison in the United Arab Emirates for political reasons.

Three Emirati sisters were recently released after spending three months in jail after they tweeted support for their imprisoned pro-democracy activist brother.


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