news Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 05:30

 

All she did was post an image of a vehicle blocking two disabled car spots in her apartment premises.

However, Australian citizen, Jodi Magi, ended up spending “53 hours in custody” in an Abu Dhabi jail after she was picked up for sharing the picture of a car intending to shame the driver for having parked across two disabled parking spots, reported news.com.au.

Her guilt? – “writing bad words”on social media.

The picture of the car itself showed no details with the registration car blacked out. Found guilty of “writing bad words on social media”, she was initially told to pay a fine of $3600.

When she went to pay the fine this week, she was instead arrested and taken to prison.  

Following her release from prison over two days later, she wrote a Facebook post detailing her time in custody.

"After 53 hours in custody, having been shackled at the ankles, strip-searched, blood tested, forced to sleep on a concrete floor without a mattress or pillow and having no access to toilet paper or eating utensils, I can happily say I AM SAFE & OUT OF JAIL AND ABU DHABI!," Magi's statement said, according to Al Jazeera.

"Obviously, I think a $3600 fine and deportation with a complimentary incarceration period was an extreme reaction to a jpg of a car when I did not swear or mention a single name and blocked the registration plate."

In her post she went on to say, "If you think what happened to me was insane, spend a couple of days in an Abu Dhabi jail; I have nothing to complain about compared to the vast majority of women I met whose only crime was being poor, marrying the wrong guy, getting pregnant outside of marriage or/and being victims of rampant and systemic police corruption where 'evidence', 'ethics' and 'due process' are unheard of concepts," reported Yahoo.
 
"Among numerous acts of kindness to me, these ladies welcomed me to The Big House with "We are your family now", gave me a spoon to eat with, found me a blanket and a book to read and even sent me on my way to freedom with snacks in case I got hungry at the airport."
 
According to reports, Magi had moved to Abu Dhabi in 2012.

 

 

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