A British mum arrested in Dubai after calling her ex-husband’s new partner a “horse” on Facebook broke down in tears in court today.
Laleh Shahravesh, 55, shouted “no, no” after she was told she cannot return to the UK.
She instead now faces two years in jail in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Ms Shahravesh was detained when she arrived at Dubai Airport with 14-year-old daughter Paris last month. They had travelled there to pay respects at her ex-husband Pedro Manuel Coreia Dos Santos’ funeral.
But his second wife Samah Al Hammadi had complained to authorities Ms Shahravesh had called her a “horse” on Facebook three years ago.
And the mum, of Richmond, southwest London, wept the court in Dubai.
She had to helped into a wheelchair inside the courtroom.
Speaking after the hearing, Ms Shahravesh told Mail Online : “I just feel so sick and don’t know how I am going to cope with more time here.
“I really had hoped that the case would be dropped and I could go home to my daughter Paris.
“I know she is going to be devastated like me when she finds out. I’m not sure how we will both cope being apart.”
A lawyer representing Ms Al Hammadi, 42, told the hearing the prosecution needed more time to compile its case.
Ms Shahravesh, who works in a homeless shelter, must remain in UAE for her sentencing, not scheduled for at least another week.
Paris, however, has been allowed to return to the UK.
Dubai’s cybercrime laws state that an old social media post from before a person visits Dubai can see them heavily fined and jailed for years.
But Ms Shahravesh’s worried sister Laden Perry fears the mum will become “homeless” and lose her job when she’s allowed to return to the UK.
“When Laleh told them she can’t afford to stay in even a cheap hotel while she waits and is in danger of becoming homeless in Dubai,” she said.
She added Paris has been unable to “grieve properly”.
The defendant was married to Pedro, 51, for 18 years. They lived in Dubai for eight months before Ms Shahravesh and Paris returned to the UK.
He died of a heart attack on March 3.
Speaking previously, a spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “Our staff are supporting a British woman and her family following her detention in the UAE.”