The father of a South African diving instructor who was jailed in the UAE for having sex outside marriage has spoken out about his daughter’s ordeal.
“They took your dream and turned it into a nightmare,” wrote Frederick Hillier on the social networking site Facebook about his 22 year-old daughter Roxanne.
She was arrested on May 16 at the Khor Fakkan diving centre in Sharjah where she worked. She was asleep in an upstairs room while her Emirati boss, only identified as MH, was downstairs checking diving equipment.
They were convicted of having sex and being alone in a commercial building after hours.
The pair denied the charges. MH was released in June after his sentence was reduced on appeal. Roxanne served more than two-thirds of a three month sentence.
On Monday she left the UAE to return home to her family at which point her father felt he could safely air his views about his daughter’s treatment.
“Roxy, now that you are finally in the air and out of the UAE I can rest,” Hillier wrote.“All of this saying thank you to your captors and minding your Ps and Qs is over. I am disgusted with the legal system in the UAE.
“They took your dream and turned it into a nightmare. They humiliated you and took away your dignity. They put you in prison for something that you did not do. They have tried to ruin your future.
”He continued: “My darling Roxanne, try to put this behind you and move on with your life. You have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Keep your head up and look the world square in the eye. You have a bright future ahead of you and a loving family and friends behind you.”