The charges against Ukrainian woman Iryna Nohai and her fiancé South African man who were both detained in Abu Dhabi, were dropped earlier this week, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said on Friday. This was reported by News 24 agency.
“All charges against the couple have been dropped and they have been released. The family will arrange when they would return to South Africa,” spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.
Iryna Nohai, 27, originally from the Ukraine and Emlyn Culverwell, 29, were detained for more than a month in Abu Dhabi.
They were arrested on January 29 when Nohai was taken to hospital with stomach cramps. A doctor at the Medeor Medical Centre in Yas Mall confirmed that Nohai‚ a Ukrainian national‚ was pregnant, and they were arrested at the hospital.
They faced charges of having sex before marriage, which is a crime in the United Arab Emirates.
Culverwell and Nohai had spent five years working at Yas Waterworld and lived in Abu Dhabi before their arrest.
Earlier it was reported that Russian artist Pavlensky emigrated because of rape charges, seeking asylum in France. The artist himself denies any guilt.