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Dubai Rape Case Update

Here is an update on the case where the 15 year old French boy was kidnapped, taken to the desert and raped, and then the accused said it was consensual. The parents took them to court – and two have now been convicted; the third has yet to be tried. The doctor who examined this boy told the boy he was a homosexual, that there were no signs of rape. The parents were outraged, and pursued the case.

You can read the entire BBC Story HERE.

Emiratis jailed for raping youth

A court in Dubai, in the UAE, has jailed two men for 15 years for the abduction and sexual assault of a 15-year-old French-Swiss boy.
The men, one of whom is HIV positive, took the teenager to the desert and raped him at knifepoint.

The victim’s mother, Veronique Robert, says the authorities lied about the defendant’s medical status to hide the fact that Aids is present in the UAE.

“Fifteen years is nothing for someone who knew he had Aids,” she said.

A lawyer for the family said they would appeal against what they saw as a too-lenient sentence. A juvenile court is trying a third suspect in the same case.

The defence had claimed the victim had consented to sex and had lied to the authorities.

Treatment missed

Ms Robert has been campaigning to change the law in the United Arab Emirates to recognise homosexual rape as a crime and for more openness about HIV and Aids.

December 13, 2007 - Posted by | Community, Crime, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Living Conditions, Mating Behavior, Middle East, News, Political Issues, Social Issues


  1. Well according to local UAE newspapers it has been stated today :- “Al Jaziri added: “The Dubai Court of First Instance has referred our Dh15 million compensation claim to the Dubai Civil Court.” The prosecution would appeal for a tougher sentence against the two men”

    The case it not over!!

    Comment by Zuzu | December 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. The boy and his family should recieve healthcare costs from the man who did this to him.

    The term “Openess” does not exist in the ME.

    Comment by Chirp | December 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. Yeh, and I see that the youngest assailant will be tried in juvenile court; that trial is yet to come. I think it’s a step forward that the rapists were prosecuted, convicted and will be imprisoned. I’ll take any forward movement. *she sighs*

    Even my parents had this thing about “airing dirty laundry in public,” Chrip. I think it’s a generational thing. Change happens . . . it looks so slow when you’re in the middle of it, but looking back, it is amazing. I am sure you are already seeing that – people who have left Kuwait for a couple years come back and are stunned at the differences.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. how awful 😦 i hate hearing about stories like this…

    Comment by vixenfatale | December 14, 2007 | Reply

  5. AdventureMan and I talked about this case last night at dinner. He was saying there must be some very perplexed people in the UAE – that this behavior has been a part of life no one talks about, much less prosecutes. So I would say prosecution and conviction is a step forward, wouldn’t you, Vixen?

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 14, 2007 | Reply

  6. Yes of course, and perhaps creating more awareness that these things actually are happening amidst us!! I’m still seriously shocked and that I think is a problem in itself.

    Comment by vixenfatale | December 14, 2007 | Reply

  7. The trail blazer that Dubai has always been is cold turkey this time round in legalizing homosexuality in the emirate. I probably would need to use my contacts at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry to help them realize all the tourist dollars that will come pouring in once they promote Dubai as a safe and thriving gay haven.

    Comment by euphemia janahi | December 15, 2007 | Reply

  8. “Euphemia”, I am inclined to think that maybe something in between is a more realistic goal. BTW, where have all your blogs gone?

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 15, 2007 | Reply

  9. Do you not find them at and also at

    Comment by euphemia janahi | December 16, 2007 | Reply

  10. You keep changing names, and I gets confrused, BL. I had never seen bloggersbehavingbadly before, and why on earth haven’t you kept writing it? I love it!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 16, 2007 | Reply

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