Woman detained in Dubai over Facebook post ‘wanted to die’

A mother held in Dubai over Facebook posts in which she called her ex-husband’s new wife a “horse” has said she had given up hope and “wanted to die”.

Laleh Shahravesh, from Richmond, south-west London, returned to Heathrow on Friday morning, according to the Detained in Dubai campaign group that supported her.

She was swiftly reunited with her 14-year-old daughter Paris in an emotional scene at the airport.

Ms Shahravesh, 55, told the Sunday People: “The day before I was told I was free to go I’d given up hope.

“I was suicidal. I felt like I was never going to see my daughter again and sent a message to my sister saying ‘I can’t do this any more’.

“I told her, ‘It’s killing me, every day is killing me.’ I felt so much pain and then I turned off my phone.

“I could see my whole life flashing before my eyes and I just wanted to die. It was torture to me.”

Ms Shahravesh was detained under controversial cyber-crime laws as she visited the United Arab Emirates with her daughter in March for the funeral of ex-husband Pedro Correia Dos Santos, who was Paris’s father.

Authorities had received a complaint over posts made three years ago and Ms Shahravesh was warned she faced prosecution and up to two years in prison.

But during a court appearance on Thursday, a judge ordered that her passport would be returned if she paid a fine of 3,000 UAE Dirham (£624).

After discovering her ex-husband had remarried in 2016, Ms Shahravesh called his new wife, Samah Al Hammadi, from Tunisia, a “horse” on Facebook.