A Dutch woman who reported being raped during her holiday in Qatar has been held by the country’s authorities on suspicion of adultery since March. Dozens of people on social media have condemned the arrest and called for the woman’s release.
“She was arrested in March on suspicion of adultery, which means having sex outside marriage,” lawyer Brian Lokollo told AFP on Saturday.
The 22-year-old woman, identified as just ‘Laura’ by Dutch media, said that she was drugged prior to being raped and reported having“realized to her great horror” that she had been taken advantage of after she woke up in an unfamiliar flat.
The woman went dancing at a hotel in Doha and when she returned to her table she realized she had been drugged as “after the first sip of her drink... she felt very unwell,” Lokollo told Dutch broadcaster NOS-Radio1.
According to Lokollo, the woman was able to flee the flat and then went to a police station to file a complaint. However, the police refused to let her go.
Dutch foreign ministry spokeswoman Daphne Kerremans confirmed that the woman remains in custody but said she has not yet been charged. “The inquiry is ongoing,” she said