US News EXCLUSIVE: 'I just want to go home' Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter, four, for having a glass of wine on flight from Gatwick makes tearful plea - as her worried husband is seen in UK looking after their children

20:45  10 august  2018
20:45  10 august  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Mother Held In Dubai For Drinking Glass Of Wine On Emirates Flight Will Be Home Tomorrow

  Mother Held In Dubai For Drinking Glass Of Wine On Emirates Flight Will Be Home Tomorrow Ellie Holman, the dentist held in Dubai for three days with her four-year-old daughter after drinking a complimentary glass of wine on a flight from London, is due to return to the UK after being released. Human rights group Detained in Dubai said authorities in the United Arab Emirates decided not to pursue the charges they brought against the 44-year-old from Sevenoaks, Kent. She is due to return to the UK on Sunday. In a statement, Dr HolmanHuman rights group Detained in Dubai said authorities in the United Arab Emirates decided not to pursue the charges they brought against the 44-year-old from Sevenoaks, Kent.

EXCLUSIVE : ' I just want to go home ' Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter , four from Gatwick makes tearful plea - as her worried husband is seen in UK looking after their children . A dentist thrown into a Dubai jail with her four -year-old daughter for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from

Now, she has given a tearful interview, revealing she is desperate to go home and that her family are in torment over whether she will end up behind bars. Dr Holman, who was given bail following her detention, told MailOnline: " I just want to go home .

Dr Holman, pictured with Suri, has been told she may have to spend up to a year in the Arab state while the case is settled © Daily Mail Dr Holman, pictured with Suri, has been told she may have to spend up to a year in the Arab state while the case is settled A dentist thrown into a Dubai jail with her four-year-old daughter for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from London today tearfully told how she is desperate to return home and be re-united with her family.

Dr Ellie Holman, 44, faces being held in the Arab state for a year after being arrested for consuming alcohol provided by Emirates Airline on the eight hour flight from London. 

She told MailOnline she cant wait to home in Kent and see her three young children, including daughter Bibi, who spent three days with her in an airport jail after her arrest.

EXCLUSIVE: Dentist mother is locked up for three days with daughter, four, in Dubai jail for having glass of wine on Emirates flight from Gatwick - and now could be detained in UAE for a year

  EXCLUSIVE: Dentist mother is locked up for three days with daughter, four, in Dubai jail for having glass of wine on Emirates flight from Gatwick - and now could be detained in UAE for a year EXCLUSIVE: Dr Ellie Holman, 44, of Kent, spent three days in a 'filthy' Dubai jail cell with her four-year-old daughter Bibi and said her passport has been confiscated until the case is settled.Ellie Holman, 44, was arrested after being asked by an immigration official at Dubai International Airport if she had consumed alcohol on the eight-hour flight.

EXCLUSIVE : ' I just want to go home ' Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter , four , for having a glass of wine on flight from Gatwick makes tearful plea - as her worried husband is seen in UK looking after their children . 'It felt like Colditz what I saw as a kid'

EXCLUSIVE : ' I just want to go home ' Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter , four , for having a glass of wine on flight from Gatwick makes tearful plea - as her worried husband is seen in UK looking after their children .

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she said: 'I just want to go home. I miss my friends and I miss my family, especially my Bibi.

'Being in prison terrified me as a grownup, I can't imagine how this must have affected her. I just want to be home and safe with Gary and all my children.' 

a person brushing the teeth: Dr Ellie Holman and her daughter Bibi, four, both pictured, were held in a Dubai jail cell for three days after she was arrested for drinking wine on an Emirates flight from the UK © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dr Ellie Holman and her daughter Bibi, four, both pictured, were held in a Dubai jail cell for three days after she was arrested for drinking wine on an Emirates flight from the UK

Dr Holman, who runs a dental practice in Sevenoaks, Kent, fears the youngster will be mentally scared by her ordeal and insists she has never put her in danger by breaking any laws. 

She added that her family are in torment over not knowing what will happen to her.

EXCLUSIVE - 'They spat at me and pulled my hair. I feared I'd be raped': Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter, four, for drinking one glass of wine on Emirates flight says she'll NEVER go back to the UAE

  EXCLUSIVE - 'They spat at me and pulled my hair. I feared I'd be raped': Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter, four, for drinking one glass of wine on Emirates flight says she'll NEVER go back to the UAE Dr Ellie Holman, 44, who was locked up with her four-year-old daughter (pictured), describes her treatment as 'inhuman', with the ordeal leaving her exhausted and taking anti-anxiety medicine. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited She was imprisoned with her four-year-old daughter Bibi, pictured, for three days 'The last four weeks have been hell for me and my family,' she told MailOnline. 'I left to go on a holiday with my youngest daughter to a country I loved visiting and ended up in jail.

EXCLUSIVE : Dentist mother is locked up for three days with daughter , four , in Dubai jail for having glass of wine on Emirates flight from Gatwick – and now could be detained in UAE for a year.

EXCLUSIVE : ' I just want to go home ' Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter , four , for having a glass of wine on flight from Gatwick makes tearful plea - as her worried husband is seen in UK looking after their children . 'It felt like Colditz what I saw as a kid'

Officials have told her it could be up to a year before her case is resolved with the threat of a long prison sentence.

She said: 'My family in England have it tough too, not knowing if I will end up in prison. I am taking this one moment at a time, anything more than that I am in tears.'  

Dentist Dr Holman, pictured with children (from left) Noah, eight, Bibi, and Suri, nine, said her ordeal began when she was surrounded by armed police after trying to film her argument with an immigration official when he claimed her visa had expired © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dentist Dr Holman, pictured with children (from left) Noah, eight, Bibi, and Suri, nine, said her ordeal began when she was surrounded by armed police after trying to film her argument with an immigration official when he claimed her visa had expired MailOnline revealed how the Swedish born mum of three was thrown into jail after arriving for a five day holiday in the popular tourist destination. 

Her husband Gary, who spent three days not knowing where his wife and daughter was, declined to comment at his mother's home today. 

Wearing a white shirt and beige chinos, said: 'We can't say anything for legal reasons. I'm sorry.'   

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EXCLUSIVE : ' I just want to go home ' Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter , four , for having a glass of wine on flight from Gatwick makes tearful plea - as her worried husband is seen in UK looking after their children .

EXCLUSIVE : ' I just want to go home ' Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter , four , for having a glass of wine on flight from Gatwick makes tearful plea - as her worried husband is seen in UK looking after their children . 'It felt like Colditz what I saw as a kid'

Respected BBC foreign correspondent John Simpson has leapt to the defence of Dr Holman.

In a tweet, Simpson said: 'Appalled but not surprised Sevenoaks dentist Ellie Holman arrested at Dubai airport after being asked by immigration official if she had a drink on her 8 hour flight. I never go to Dubai - was once arrested for asking an idle immigration official to hurry because I had a connecting flight.'

a man and a woman looking at the camera: Dr Holman's husband Gary (pictured) who spent three days not knowing where his wife and daughter was, declined to comment at his mother's home today © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dr Holman's husband Gary (pictured) who spent three days not knowing where his wife and daughter was, declined to comment at his mother's home today Dr Holmon's nightmare began after she stepped off an Emirates Airlines flight from London to Dubai on July 13th. 

During the flight she was served a glass of red wine with her meal. Alcohol is served as standard practice on Emirates Airlines on flights from the UK to Dubai. 

On arrival Dr Holman was quizzed by an immigration official over her visa who told her it was not valid.

She said she had visited the UAE several times before and as the visa had not expired assumed it was still valid.

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EXCLUSIVE : ' I just want to go home ' Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter , four , for having a glass of wine on flight from Gatwick makes tearful plea - as her worried husband is seen in UK looking after their children . 'It felt like Colditz what I saw as a kid'

EXCLUSIVE : ' I just want to go home ' Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter , four , for having a glass of wine on flight from Gatwick makes tearful plea - as her worried husband is seen in UK looking after their children .

The immigration officer told her the visa was valid for a single visit and said she had to buy a ticket and return to London immediately.

a person swimming in a body of water: Her partner Gary, pictured with their children, flew out to Dubai to bring their daughter back to Kent but she has had her passport confiscated © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Her partner Gary, pictured with their children, flew out to Dubai to bring their daughter back to Kent but she has had her passport confiscated Dr Holman says she pleaded with the 'dismissive and rude' official to allow her to apply for a new visa at the airport telling him her daughter was exhausted.

She says says she and Bibi were ordered to sleep in a canteen area used by other inmates.

She claims the room's lights were kept on and with no air conditioning she said it was 'baking hot and foul smelling.'

She said the male guards offered no help as, exhausted and shocked by her experience, she struggled to lift the mattress. The guards stood by and laughed, she claimed.

'My daughter is a happy, smiley girl, but she was terrified,' she said.

The terrified pair arrived at a police building where she says a man in a dirty white lab coat said he was going to take a sample of her blood as evidence she had drunk alcohol.

She was told the results showed 0.04% of alcohol in her blood – a reading far below the UK drink drive limit.

During their detention the pair did not eat.

a person standing in front of a beach: Mr Holman said the experience had been 'devastating' for her children, pictured, and said he hopes they are reunited with their mother soon © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Holman said the experience had been 'devastating' for her children, pictured, and said he hopes they are reunited with their mother soon 'The food smelled like rotting garbage and neither Bibi or I could face trying it. I stayed awake for the whole three days,' she said.

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EXCLUSIVE : ' I just want to go home ' Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter , four , for having a glass of wine on flight from Gatwick makes tearful plea - as her worried husband is seen in UK looking after their children .

EXCLUSIVE : ' I just want to go home ' Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter , four , for having a glass of wine on flight from Gatwick makes tearful plea - as her worried husband is seen in UK looking after their children .

She claims they were also denied a pillow or a change of clothing and Dr Holman was forced to clean toilets and mop the floor while her daughter stood by her side.

She said Bibi was in a state of shock and refused to be comforted.

Back at their home in Kent, partner Gary was frantic with worry, as he had not heard from the pair.

Dr Holman said: 'Friends had found out I was in jail and tried to visit. Nobody was allowed to see us. We were not told.'

Gary flew to Dubai leaving the couple's other children Suri, nine, and Noah, aged eight, with relatives.

a woman wearing a hat: Dr Holman said her daughter Bibi, pictured, was inconsolable during the ordeal and she tried to comfort her by reading her books in the jail © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dr Holman said her daughter Bibi, pictured, was inconsolable during the ordeal and she tried to comfort her by reading her books in the jail

Following her detention Dr Holman was taken in handcuffs back to airport and given bail.

Bibi and her father have now been allowed to fly back to the UK while Dr Holman is staying with friends in Dubai.

Gary said the experience of seeing his partner and daughter jailed was 'devastating for the whole family.'

'The thought of Ellie and our little girl in that awful prison breaks my heart.

'Ellie is a sensible, professional person and excellent mother who would never knowingly break the law.

Dr Holman, pictured with son Noah, said conditions in the cell were 'filthy, foul-smelling and baking hot' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dr Holman, pictured with son Noah, said conditions in the cell were 'filthy, foul-smelling and baking hot' 'Why do Emirates Airlines serve alcohol for a passenger to drink and then pass through the airport.

'This has been devastating for the whole family. Ellie was taking a much needed break with little Bibi, who was looking forward to the beach and playing in the sea.

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EXCLUSIVE : ' I just want to go home ' Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter , four , for having a glass of wine on flight from Gatwick makes tearful plea - as her worried husband is seen in UK looking after their children .

EXCLUSIVE : ' I just want to go home ' Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter , four , for having a glass of wine on flight from Gatwick makes tearful plea - as her worried husband is seen in UK looking after their children .

'I hope this can all be over so we can all be together again and start to heal.'

a man wearing a hat: Emirates Airlines offers wine on flights from the UK to Dubai as standard practice (file picture) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Emirates Airlines offers wine on flights from the UK to Dubai as standard practice (file picture)

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained In Dubai, the British human rights NGO representing Ellie said in a statement: 'The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading façade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors.

'This is exampled by bars at the airport, by hotels, restaurants and clubs serving drinks. Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits but this is far from reality.

'It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed.'

Detained in Dubai replied to a tweet by Jeremy Clarkson who posted a picture of himself with a glass of white wine on an Emirates flight saying: "Finally, a holiday' - by tweeting: '#EllieHolman was jailed with her four-year-old and charged with alcohol consumption for having a glass of complimentary red wine served by @emirates #Emirates airline. Her blood reading was only .04%, under the legal driving limit.'

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