Mum jailed in Dubai after savaging ex-husband over his new wife on Facebook

Mum jailed in Dubai after savaging ex-husband over his new wife on Facebook
Photo credit: Detained in Dubai

A British mother has been arrested in Dubai, after calling her ex-husband's new wife a "horse" on Facebook.

Laleh Shahravesh, 55, was arrested in Dubai with her 14-year-old daughter, Paris.

According to campaigners, Shahravesh faces two years in jail and a $91,000 fine over the posts she wrote two years ago.

"I hope you go under the ground you idiot," she'd posted to the social media platform at the time.

"Damn you. You left me for this horse."

The pair had been married for 18 years, and had a daughter together.

Laleh Shahravesh and her daughter
Laleh Shahravesh and her daughter Photo credit: Detained in Dubai

In 2016, Shahravesh was unexpectedly served divorce papers by Pedro, and saw on Facebook he'd remarried.

Shahravesh and her daughter, who both live in London, had travelled to Dubai for her ex-partners funeral on March 10.

They were both arrested at Dubai Airport and held for 12 hours before Shahravesh's passport was seized, according to human rights organisation Detained in Dubai.

Her daughter has been allowed to return to Britain, but Shahravesh has been arrested. Detained in Dubai says her arrest was "simply unreasonable."

However, the new wife says Shahravesh deserves to be punished.

Samah Al Hammadi told the Evening Standard she reported Shahravesh to police after "suffering in silence" for over a year. 

She says Shahravesh called her a bitch via email.

"If she is innocent, she will go free but if not she has to pay," Hammadi said.

"It is a crime in Dubai. It is right. I don't feel sorry. She made [Pedro] suffer in the last year of his life. Let the law take part."

She has since told The National she is considering backing down for the sake of her late husband's daughter, Paris.

"I am pursuing this case because I believe it is my duty to honour my late husband and protect him from further defamation," she told the news outlet.

"One of the last messages he tearfully gave me before his death was that he deeply loved his daughter. I am willing to withdraw this case to honour my husband's love for his daughter."

Shahravesh will face further court proceedings on Thursday.



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