Oz woman jailed in UAE after complaining about being drugged, raped

March 27th, 2011 - 3:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Mar 27 (ANI): Alicia Gali from Queensland is warning other women to be cautious overseas after her experience in the United Arab Emirates.

The 29-year-old spent eight months in a United Arab Emirates jail for adultery after complaining to police about being drugged and raped by co-workers.

She detailed her harrowing ordeal after filing a Queensland lawsuit against the five-star international resort where the attack allegedly took place in 2008.

Warning other women against going to the UAE, Gali said she endured eight months in a crowded prison room with up to 30 other women after she complained to authorities of being raped.

Apart from her family, no one in Australia knew Gali had been jailed for adultery and illegal drinking, because Australian embassy staff advised her and her family not to go to the media.

“It was just traumatising,” News.com.au quoted her as saying.

Gali, a salon manager at the resort, said she had been in the staff bar, where she was told she could legally drink, when another employee put ice in her drink.

She said it was the last thing she remembered before waking the next day in her room with painful injuries.

When she was discharged from hospital she was asked to go to a police station to make a statement and then speak in front of a judge.

“I realised when I was put in a police car that I was being taken to jail.”

After serving eight months of a 12-month sentence, Gali was pardoned and released and flew home in March 2009.

Since then she has been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, suffered claustrophobia and flashbacks. (ANI)

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