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A WOMAN SENTENCED TO JAIL IN DUBAI AFTER SHE REPORTED AN ALLEGED RAPE?

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A Norwegian woman sentenced to 16 months in jail in Dubai for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape said Friday she decided to speak out in hopes of drawing attention to the risks of outsiders misunderstanding the Islamic-influenced legal codes in this cosmopolitan city. 
The case has drawn outrage from rights groups and others in the West since the 24-year-old interior designer was sentenced. 
  • It also highlights the increasingly frequent tensions between the United Arab Emirates' international atmosphere and its legal system, which is strongly influenced by Islamic traditions in a nation where foreign workers and visitors greatly outnumber locals.

Source: Agencies
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