Waking up to the reality that is Islam ~ in a prison cell!
This woman's husband also a British citizen - used UAE's cruel and unusual Islamic laws - to spite his estranged wife - Sally Antia. Under western laws - if the couple agreed to separate - who she chooses to sleep with is entirely her business - but under Islamic law the individual is not recognized as such - its more - those who are a part of the larger body of Islam. The fact is - in Western society divorce and custody battles for children - can get dirty - but this is a new low. Given the rights of women under Islamic laws - he could have just as well sold her off for some sort of farm animal.
The British mother of two accused of cheating on her estranged husband in Dubai has spent three weeks in a police cell waiting to face trial.
Sally Antia, 44, was arrested for breaching the emirate's strict morality laws on May 2 this year.
She pleaded guilty to adultery at her first appearance in court last Sunday.
However bail was denied and yesterday she was still behind bars. Her alleged lover, who has denied adultery, is also in custody.
Both were told they would remain locked up until they face court for a second time this week.
The case mirrors that of Marnie Pearce, a British supply teacher who lost custody of her children - and spent three months in prison - after she was found guilty of cheating on her husband in Dubai.
While Mrs Pearce's husband was Egyptian, in this case all the parties are British citizens.
And Mrs Pearce, unlike Mrs Antia, was released on bail before her trial.
Human rights campaigners insist Mrs Antia, a Merseyside-born businesswoman, should never have been arrested and must be granted bail immediately.
Her estranged husband has been accused of reporting Mrs Antia to police to improve his chances of winning custody of their children.
The Radisson Dubai Deira Creek Hotel where Ms Antia was arrested
Vincent Antia, from Lincolnshire, is said to have told police his wife was seeing another man before their divorce had come through - a crime in the United Arab Emirates.
Acting on the tip-off, police arrested Mrs Antia and her alleged lover at 2.30am on May 2 as they walked out of the £477-a-night Radisson SAS Deira Creek Hotel in Dubai.
Admitting adultery as she faced court on Sunday Mrs Antia said she had bought the man in question a plane ticket to Dubai from London. She said they had spent six days together.
However her alleged lover, whose name has not been confirmed, denied the charge.
Under UAE law, the maximum punishment for adultery is a year in prison followed by deportation.
Since the arrests almost a month ago, the Antias' two girls - aged 13 and 11 - have been living with their father in the family's luxurious home in a waterfront development.
Under Dubai law, it is much easier for a 'wronged' husband to win custody of a couple's children.
Mrs Antia was married before she met her current husband. They married in 1995 and lived in the upmarket village of Hale in Cheshire, before moving to Dubai where she worked in corporate entertainment.
In a recent update to the Friends Reunited website, she wrote: 'Happy and healthy.....what more can you ask for?'
Yesterday Mrs Antia's elderly parents, who live in Woolton, outside Liverpool, were too distraught to comment.
A Foreign Office spokesman said consular officials were assisting Mrs Antia.