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Irish woman charged in the United Arab Emirates with attempted suicide and drug abuse – international concern

Irish woman charged in the United Arab Emirates with attempted suicide and drug abuse – international concern

Tori Towey, an Irish woman from County Roscommon, is currently facing serious criminal charges in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), including attempted suicide and alcohol abuse. This situation has attracted considerable attention, with Irish Taoiseach Simon Harris describing it as “the most appalling of circumstances”.

The issue was raised during a session of the Irish lower house of parliament (Dáil) on Tuesday when Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald Harris brought it to her attention. McDonald informed her fellow MPs that Towey’s passport had been confiscated as part of her legal proceedings in the United Arab Emirates.

In response, Simon Harris expressed his willingness to intervene in the case despite having previously been unaware of it. He thanked Mary Lou McDonald for bringing it to his and the Secretary of State’s attention. Harris promised to endeavour to find ways to assist Tori Towey in her legal plight in the UAE.

The BBC has asked the UAE government for comment on Towey’s situation, stressing that the case is attracting international interest. The incident highlights ongoing concerns about the treatment of foreigners and visitors in the UAE’s legal system, particularly on sensitive issues such as mental illness and alcohol-related charges.

Source ~ BBC

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