Doha: A 22-year-old Dutch tourist, who claimed she had been raped while on holiday in Qatar, has been convicted of adultery. The woman, who was not present for Monday’s hearing in a Doha court, was handed a one-year suspended sentence and also fined 3,000 Qatari riyals (£564).
Her lawyer, Brian Lokollo, said she was on holiday with a friend and went out for drinks at a hotel bar in the Qatari capital. Mr Lokollo said she believes someone “messed with her drink” and her memory became hazy.
He said she later awoke alone in an apartment she had never been in before and found her clothes had been torn. It is then that she “realised to her great horror, that she had been raped”.
Dutch media quoted him as saying: “She was arrested in March on suspicion of adultery, which means having sex outside marriage.”
The woman maintained she was not guilty of the accusation made against her. The male defendant, also not in court, was sentenced to receive 100 lashes for adultery and 40 lashes for consuming alcohol.
He insisted their night together had been consensual and that the woman had even asked for money. A Dutch Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said the woman was released by Qatari officials after the hearing.