Australian expat in UAE jailed for Facebook post

Published:  14 Jul at 4 PM
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An Australian woman living in Abu Dhabi has been jailed for posting “bad words” on Facebook.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jodi Magi uploaded a photo on the social media site that she had taken of a vehicle taking up two disabled parking spaces in front her apartment in the UAE capital.

The licence number was blanked out and no identifiable details were posted, according to reports in Australia. However, Magi found herself in hot water when someone filed a complaint against her for “writing bad words” about someone else and was informed that she would be deported.

The Australian national told ABC News that she had no idea what she had done wrong, pointing out that all she did was use the internet.

Earlier in July she attempted to voluntarily deport herself and pay the fine of AUD3,600, but was refused by local authorities until she appeared in front of a court. And when she went to court to pay the fine, she was arrested and sent to prison.

Speaking on the phone to ABC, she said that no one was talking to her or telling her what was going on. She explained that she was turned away from male lockup and now they didn’t know what to do with her, adding that she was pretty scared.

Magi moved to Abu Dhabi in 2012 and was teaching local women graphic design, as well as working on her own projects.
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