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Australian Woman Lands In Trouble In UAE Over Facebook Post

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| July 15 , 2015 , 08:46 IST
An Australian woman got in trouble on Tuesday for an 'objectionable' post from the United Arab Emirate (UAE), media reported. [caption id="attachment_81860" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Australian woman, jodi magi, who was arrested in UAE for facebook post (Photo Courtesy: Australian Broadcasting Corporation)[/caption] An Australian national daily reported that Jodi Magi, 39, a graphic designer, was arrested and jailed after posting a photo of a car parked across two disabled parking spots outside her Abu Dhabi apartment. After a complaint about the post landed Magi in an Abu Dhabi court, she was reportedly found guilty of "writing bad words on social media about a person". The picture of the vehicle posted on Facebook by Magi had the licence plates blanked out. "I have zero idea (what I have done wrong). I used the internet," Magi was quoted as saying. Magi tried to pay the fine of about $3,600 and voluntarily deport herself, but local authorities refused until she presented herself in court and when she arrived there to pay the fine she was arrested and jailed. The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as saying that Magi would be deported soon. Bishop said Magi had been receiving consular assistance since she was charged with cyber crimes under United Arab Emirates law. "I understand she was required to pay a fine and that she was taken into detention pending deportation," Bishop was quoted as saying. The latest report suggests the 39-year-old artist posted a statement on Facebook on Tuesday night, saying that she had been released. After 53 hours in custody, having been shackled at the ankles, strip-searched, blood tested, forced to sleep on a concrete floor without a mattress or pillow and having no access to toilet paper or eating utensils, I can happily say I AM SAFE & OUT OF JAIL AND ABU DHABI!," Magi's statement said.