Alicia Gali is an Australian woman who was jailed for eight months in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates in 2008. She was accused of having illicit sexual relationship under UAE law after reporting to the police about being drugged and raped by three co-workers. Her case raised a lot of public attention and criticism of the UAE's justice system's handling of the incident.
Alleged rape in Le Méridien hotel
Alicia Gali had been working as a beauty salon manager in the Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah. She spent an evening drinking with three co-workers. She claimed that when she woke up the next day, she was "naked, with broken ribs and massive bruising" but admitted she had no memory of the night before. Her co-workers denied under oath that there was any assault, and testified in court that Gali consented to have sex with them. They allege that her injuries were caused by her falling whilst dancing on a table.
Following the alleged rape, Gali contacted an Australian consular officer in neighbouring Dubai. She was not warned that unproven rape complaints could lead to sex outside marriage charges under the local law. Gali had reported the alleged rape to the local police. However, the men testified in court that the sex was consensual and no evidence could be provided that rape occurred. Gali and the accused men were arrested and all were sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 12 months for having an extra-matrimonial sexual relationship. She was released from prison after eight months on March 2009.
Lawsuit against the Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide
Gali has sued her employers at the Starwood hotel for breaching its workplace obligations by failing to have a systems in place to protect their workers against assault. The hotel management claimed to have offered Gali the required support after the case.
The Australian government requested Gali's family not to publicize the case during her imprisonment period. Gali's release, her criticism of the Australian consular service and her lawsuit against the Starwood hotel network gained international media attention. The story was published in the Huffington Post, A 30-minute documentary film about the case was published in Yahoo! News Australia on the Sunday Night program.
- Rape Laws in the United Arab Emirates and Perceptions of Rape and Sexual Assault
- Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Official Website
- Article & Fotos of Alicia Gali
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- Ross Coulthart (12 May 2013). "Abandoned". Yahoo! 7 News. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "Alicia Gali, Woman Who Spent 8 Months In UAE Jail After Being Raped, Tells Her Story". The Huffington Post. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "Woman to sue Government over alleged Dubai rape". ABC Online. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- Hotelier Middle East, "Starwood respond to rape claim women's TV report", 19 May 2013
- Lauren Day and staff (6 June 2011). "Woman to sue Government over alleged Dubai rape". ABC News Australia. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- Dan Nancarrow (28 Mar 2011). "Drugged, raped, then jailed for 'adultery'". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
- "Dubaï - Un Mauricien accusé de viol par une collègue australienne". AllAfrica.com (in French). 29 March 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- Dan Nancarrow (30 Mar 2011). "Hotel defends itself over raped employee". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
- "Abandoned in the UAE, part 1". Yahoo! News Australia. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "Abandoned in the UAE, part 2". Yahoo! News Australia. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
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