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UAE allows mother to return home to Britain

A WOMAN who was detained in Dubai for three days with her four-year-old daughter after drinking a glass of wine on the flight from London has been told she is free to go home.

Swedish dentist Ellie Holman, who lives in Kent with her partner Gary and their three children, and her daughter Bibi were initially denied water and made to clean toilets while in custody from July 13, according to human rights group Detained in Dubai.

They were held after an immigration official at the airport in the UAE questioned her about her visa and asked if she had consumed alcohol.

It a statement from the group, Ms Holman claims the guards tried to rip out her hair extensions. She described the prison as hot and “foul smelling.”

She was later released on bail and her daughter was returned home, but was told she would have to stay in Dubai for up to a year to await a court hearing.

Now the Dubai government has told her that it will pay for her flights home.

Ms Holman has said: “I can’t believe this is over. When I got the call from the government telling me they were dropping the case I was in shock.”

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