Dubai rape victim back home in Norway

Dubai rape victim back home in Norway
Norwegian Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, in Dubai. File photo: Dalelv Family/Scanpix
Norwegian citizen Marte Deborah Dalelv, who was felled for extra-marital sex after reporting rape in Dubai, has landed in Norway. Her family and the press welcomed her on Wednesday morning at Torp Sandefjord airport.

"It's a bit emotional. It's been a long and stressful time," Dalelv, 24, told the assembled reporters. "Nu I'm going to go home and relax."

She was convicted of extra-marital sex, inebriation and perjury in Dubai last week and sentenced to jail for 16 months. The verdict created headlines worldwide, with Norway's foreign minister an outspoken critic of the decision. Dalelv, who had first reported being raped, was pardoned by Emirate authorities this week. 

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