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Dubai drops charges against mother who insulted airport official.

Summary: Swedish national entered UAE on expired passport and photographed in a restricted area.

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Dubai Public Prosecution has completed its investigations the case involving a Swedish national entering the UAE with an expired passport with her daughter.

His Excellency Esam Issa Al Humaidan, Attorney General of Dubai, on Saturday, confirmed that the Dubai Public Prosecution has completed investigations and closed the case involving a Swedish national who attempted to enter the UAE on an expired passport. The incident started with the arrival of the accused with her daughter from London Gatwick Airport on board an Emirates flight. She attempted to enter the country using a Swedish passport, which had already expired on June 10, 2018. She was advised by the immigration officer that she could not enter the country with an expired passport. She then produced an Iranian passport, and was informed by the officer that she could enter the country by issuing a new temporary visa, which allowed a 96-hour stay, and had to change her departure flight according to the new visa. Hollman, the Swedish woman, refused angrily to pay the additional fees the process would require, and verbally insulted the immigration officer while taking photos of the officer with her phone. A legal claim was issued against Hollman, charging her of profanity and photographing a government official at the border crossing - a restricted area.

The woman and her child remained together in the airport security office for less than 24 hours while services were provided to them, taking into full account and consideration of her 4-year-old daughter.

The daughter departed the country with her father, who received her immediately upon his arrival.

The prosecution decided to drop the charges against Ellie Hollman and to deport her instead.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Aug 11, 2018
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