NYC College Student Freed From Dubai Days After One Year Sentence For “Assaulting and Insulting” A Female Airport Employee
“Elizabeth boarded her flight home to New York late Tuesday night”
This whole thing is just weird.
The New York Post reports:
The New York City college student who was sentenced to a year in prison for touching a Dubai airport security guard’s arm has been freed after a “hellish 5 months” and is heading back home.
Elizabeth Polanco De Los Santos, a Lehman College student, is “ecstatic to be returning to the US after five months of anguish,” the advocacy group Detained in Dubai said in a statement on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old’s sentence was commuted a day after she was ordered to be jailed for the July incident in which she was accused of “assaulting and insulting” a female airport employee.
“Elizabeth boarded her flight home to New York late Tuesday night,” Detained in Dubai CEO Radha Stirling said in the release. “The news that her sentence would be commuted was a welcome end to Elizabeth’s hellish 5 months in Dubai that left her humiliated, traumatized, and out of pocket $50,000.”
. . . . She was brought back to a private screening room with plainclothed women who removed the compression suit but were “rough, hurting her swollen wounds as they removed the compressor,” Los Santos’ mother told Detained in Dubai.
. . . . Los Santos then requested assistance to put the complex garment back on, but the women only laughed at her and caused her to become even more uncomfortable.
Los Santos leaned over to ask her friend to come help put it on, but while she was doing so, she made contact with one of the female workers.
“I gently touched her arm to guide her out of the way then desperately started crying to my friend for help,” Los Santos said, according to the agency.
Officers detained Los Santos for hours while the female worker wrote a complaint against the American before forms written in Arabic were brought in for the 21-year-old to sign.
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