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Mother faces jail for Facebook insults made about ex-husband’s new bride

Slur victim: Bride Samah al Hammadi PICTURE: DAILY MAIL

A BRITISH mother faces two years in jail and a £50,000 fine in Dubai for Facebook comments she made two years ago about her former husband’s new bride.

Laleh Sharavesh, 55, was arrested with her 14-year-old daughter Paris when she flew to Dubai for her ex-husband Pedro’s funeral last month.

She was detained in March under the Arab kingdom’s strict cyber crime laws after Samah al Hammadi, 42, complained in 2017 about the Facebook comments posted on the day she married Pedro.

Ms Sharavesh, who said she was furious when Pedro left her after 18 years and then quickly remarried, had written in Farsi: ‘I hope you go under the ground you idiot. Damn you. You left me for this horse. You married a horse you idiot.’

Ms Sharavesh, of Richmond, Surrey, said her daughter was allowed home but her passport has been confiscated while she awaits a court hearing.

‘I am terrified. I can’t sleep or eat. I have gone down two dress sizes,’ she told Mail Online. ‘My daughter cries herself to sleep every night. We are so close, especially since her father left us and we only have each other.’

Ms Sharavesh, who has lost her job at a homeless shelter, said because she had written the posts in the UK, she had not thought any more about them. ‘I should have behaved better, but I felt angry, betrayed and hurt,’ she said.

Paris is writing a letter to Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the UAE, to appeal for her mother’s release.