A British girl engaged on a literary competition within the United Arab Emirates, has alleged she was sexually assaulted in February by the UAE minister for tolerance, in line with The Sunday Occasions newspaper.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, 69, who has denied any wrongdoing, is being investigated by Scotland Yard, the newspaper mentioned in an article on Sunday.
The assault allegedly occurred when Hay literary competition employee Caitlin McNamara, 32, who has waived her proper to anonymity, visited the minister at a non-public island villa on Valentine’s day, the report mentioned.
The alleged sufferer mentioned the assault occurred when she accepted an invite to fulfill the sheikh shortly earlier than the opening of the inaugural Hay Pageant Abu Dhabi.
Within the UK, she later made a proper grievance to the Metropolitan Police who’re investigating it as an allegation of rape, the report added.
Chair of the Hay Pageant board, Caroline Michel, mentioned: “What occurred to our buddy and colleague Caitlin McNamara in Abu Dhabi final February was an appalling violation and a hideous abuse of belief and place.
“Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan made a mockery of his ministerial duties and tragically undermined his authorities’s try to work with Hay Pageant to advertise free speech and feminine empowerment,” The Sunday Occasions report quoted her as saying in an announcement.
London libel attorneys Schillings advised The Sunday Occasions: “Our shopper is stunned and saddened by this allegation, which arrives eight months after the alleged incident and by way of a nationwide newspaper. The account is denied.”
The Metropolitan Police confirmed girl contacted officers in July to report an allegation of rape.
“An preliminary assertion has been taken from the girl,” it mentioned.