The Sun attacked the UAE authorities’ repression of foreign women coming to it, including their detention in inhumane conditions and without enabling them to appoint a lawyer.
The newspaper pointed out that the UAE authorities arrested the star of the popular dating program “Love Island”, Kaz Crosley, last Monday on suspicion of committing crimes related to drug use and possession.
The newspaper reported that Crosley, 27, was detained at Abu Dhabi airport as she was preparing to travel to Thailand to do some volunteer work.
Crosley revealed her “terrifying” ordeal while imprisoned in Dubai, where she had no lawyer and was held with 30 women for several days at 30 degrees Celsius.
Kaz Crosley was released from the “hellish” prison the night before last when she said: “It was the terrifying experience of my life,” according to “The Sun.”
The UAE security move came as part of the ongoing investigations in a video clip circulated in 2020. Crosley appeared to inhale white-coloured narcotics while attending a loud party in Dubai.
The video was filmed during the general lockdown that accompanied the Corona pandemic, as several influencers and content makers flocked to Dubai to escape the restrictions imposed in the United Kingdom.
According to the newspaper, Crosley emailed her friend, asking her to inform her family that she was fine but had been arrested for drug crimes.
Later, the star’s agent said that she had cooperated with the police and was released on Friday morning.
It is noteworthy that Crosley Kaz participated in the British dating program Love Island in 2018, and she qualified for the final stages.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the British Foreign Office said: “We are in contact with local authorities following the arrest of a British national in the UAE.”
Under Dubai’s recently changed drug laws, first-time offenders face a minimum of 3 months in prison and a fine of between £4,559 (AED20,000) and £22,799 (AED100,000).
And last year, protests escalated in London against the UAE because of its arbitrary detention of foreign expatriates and its black record in human rights.
The headquarters of the Dubai High-Luxury Real Estate Exhibition in London became a destination for widespread protests against the UAE and its violations, with the participation of the families of European detainees in Abu Dhabi prisons.
The family and friends of British citizen Albert Douglas, who is detained in the UAE, organized a Saturday demonstration to protest his continued detention and demand his release.
The participants in the demonstration raised pictures of Douglas and written banners calling for his freedom, dropping false charges against him, and holding the UAE accountable for its violations.