She Called Her Ex's New Wife a 'Horse,' Faces Jail

London resident is arrested under Dubai's strict cyber laws when she visits the UAE
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2019 1:18 PM CDT
She Called Her Ex's New Wife a 'Horse,' Faces Jail
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When London resident Laleh Shahravesh saw that her ex-husband in the United Arab Emirates was getting remarried, she fired off a few insults on Facebook. "I hope you go under the ground you idiot," was one, per the BBC. "You left me for this horse" was another. That was back in 2016. Flash-forward to this year: After her ex died of a heart attack, Shahravesh flew to Dubai with their 14-year-old daughter for the funeral. While there, she was promptly arrested for the old insults under the UAE's harsh cyber-crime laws. Her daughter was allowed to fly home, but authorities seized Shahravesh's passport while her case progresses, reports the Evening Standard.

“I had no idea he was getting married again, and so soon after our own marriage broke down," the 55-year-old says of her 2016 insults. "I reacted badly. I lashed out," and now "my life is in ruins." She faces up to two years in prison and fines of about $70,000. Her ex's widow, meanwhile, has little sympathy. She tells the Evening Standard that Shahravesh had written numerous nasty emails to her husband after their divorce, disparaging both him and her. "If she is innocent she will go free, but if not she has to pay," she says. "She needs to stop.” (This man was sentenced to death over his Facebook posts.)

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