Case One: Ms Magi
Crime: Posted a photo on Facebook of a car parked across two disabled spots outside her Abu Dhabi apartment.
Punishment: 53 hours in custody, shackled at the ankles, strip-searched, blood tested, forced to sleep on a concrete floor without a mattress or pillow with no access to toilet paper or eating utensils and a $3600 fine before being deported.
Ms Magi said she felt her punishment had been “extreme” given her offence, however, she said other female prisoners she had met suffered worse.
“If you think what happened to me was insane, spend a couple of days in an Abu Dhabi jail; 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 or/and being victims of rampant and systemic police corruption where ‘evidence’, ‘ethics’ and ‘due process’ are unheard of concepts,” she wrote.