Mother imprisoned in Dubai for a glass of wine in flight from Gatwick

Dr. Ellie Holman and her daughter Bibi, four, both in the picture, were held in a jail cell in Dubai for three days after she was arrested for drinking wine on an Emirates flight from the United Kingdom.

A dentist who was thrown into a Dubai jail with his four-year-old daughter for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from London said today with tears in his eyes that he is desperate to return home and reunite with his family.

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

She told MailOnline that she can not wait for her home in Kent and see her three young children, including her daughter Bibi, who spent three days with her in an airport jail after her arrest.

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

"Being in prison terrified me like an adult, I can not imagine how this must have affected her, I just want to be at home and safe with Gary and all my children."

Dr. Ellie Holman and her daughter Bibi, four, both in the picture, were held in a jail cell in Dubai for three days after she was arrested for drinking wine on an Emirates flight from the United Kingdom.

Dr. Ellie Holman and her daughter Bibi, four, both in the picture, were held in a jail cell in Dubai for three days after she was arrested for drinking wine on an Emirates flight from the United Kingdom.

Dentist Dr Holman, photographed with children (from left) Noah, eight, Bibi and Suri, nine, said that their ordeal began when armed police surrounded her after trying to film her discussion with an immigration official when she claimed that her visa had expired

Dentist Dr Holman, photographed with children (from left) Noah, eight, Bibi and Suri, nine, said that their ordeal began when armed police surrounded her after trying to film her discussion with an immigration official when she claimed that her visa had expired

Dentist Dr Holman, photographed with children (from left) Noah, eight, Bibi and Suri, nine, said that their ordeal began when armed police surrounded her after trying to film her discussion with an immigration official when she claimed that her visa had expired

Gary's husband, Dr. Holman (pictured), who spent three days without knowing where his wife and daughter were, refused to comment at his mother's house today.

Gary's husband, Dr. Holman (pictured), who spent three days without knowing where his wife and daughter were, refused to comment at his mother's house today.

Gary's husband, Dr. Holman (pictured), who spent three days without knowing where his wife and daughter were, refused to comment at his mother's house today.

Dr. Holman, who runs a dental practice in Sevenoaks, Kent, fears that the young man is mentally frightened by his ordeal and insists that he has never put her in danger by breaking any law.

He added that his family is suffering because he does not know what will happen to him.

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

She said: "My family in England also has difficulties, not knowing if I'll end up in prison, I'm taking this one moment at a time, anything more than that, I'm crying."

MailOnline revealed how the Swedish mother of three children was imprisoned after arriving for a five-day vacation in the popular tourist destination.

Her husband Gary, who spent three days without knowing where his wife and daughter were, refused to comment at his mother's home today.

Wearing a white shirt and beige chinos, he said: "We can not say anything for legal reasons. I'm sorry. & # 39;

The respected BBC foreign correspondent, John Simpson, jumped in defense of Dr. Holman.

In a tweet, Simpson said: "Surprised, but not surprised, Sevenoaks dentist, Ellie Holman, arrested at the Dubai airport after an immigration officer asked her if she had a drink on her 8-hour flight. to Dubai, I was once arrested for asking an inactive immigration officer to hurry because I had a connecting flight. "

Dr. Holmon's nightmare began after she got off an Emirates Airlines flight from London to Dubai on July 13.

During the flight, he served himself a glass of red wine with his meal. Alcohol is served as standard practice on Emirates Airlines on flights from the United Kingdom to Dubai.

Upon arrival, Dr. Holman was questioned by an immigration officer about his visa, who told him it was not valid.

She said that she had visited the United Arab Emirates several times before and since the visa had not expired, she assumed that it was still valid.

The immigration officer told him that the visa was valid for a single visit and that he had to buy a ticket and return to London immediately.

Dr. Holman says she begged the "disdainful and rude" officer to allow her to apply for a new visa at the airport and tell her that her daughter was exhausted.

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

  Dr. Holman, pictured with Suri, has been told that she may have to spend up to a year in the Arab state while the case is resolved.

  Dr. Holman, pictured with Suri, has been told that she may have to spend up to a year in the Arab state while the case is resolved.

Dr. Holman, pictured with Suri, has been told that she may have to spend up to a year in the Arab state while the case is resolved.

His partner Gary, pictured with his children, flew to Dubai to bring his daughter back to Kent, but his passport has been confiscated.

His partner Gary, pictured with his children, flew to Dubai to bring his daughter back to Kent, but his passport has been confiscated.

His partner Gary, pictured with his children, flew to Dubai to bring his daughter back to Kent, but his passport has been confiscated.

Holman said the experience had been "devastating" for his children, in the photo, and said he expects them to meet soon with his mother.

Holman said the experience had been "devastating" for his children, in the photo, and said he expects them to meet soon with his mother.

Holman said the experience had been "devastating" for his children, in the photo, and said he expects them to meet soon with his mother.

She says the lights in the room were on and, without air conditioning, she said it was "boiling and smelling bad".

She said the male guards did not offer her help because, exhausted and shocked by her experience, she struggled to lift the mattress. The guards stopped and laughed, she said.

"My daughter is a happy and smiling girl, but she was terrified," she said.

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

He was told that the results showed 0.04% alcohol in his blood, a reading well below the limit of UK beverage consumption.

During his detention, the couple did not eat.

& # 39; The food smelled like rotten garbage and neither Bibi nor I could face it. I kept awake during the three days, "he said.

She claims that they were also denied a pillow or a change of clothes and Dr. Holman was forced to clean the bathrooms and scrub the floor while her daughter was standing next to her.

She said that Bibi was in shock and refused to be comforted.

Back at his home in Kent, his partner Gary was frantic because he had not heard from the couple.

Dr. Holman said: "The friends realized that I was in jail and they tried to visit me, nobody was allowed to see us, they did not tell us."

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

Dr. Holman said that her daughter Bibi, in the photo, was inconsolable during the test and tried to comfort her by reading her books in prison

Dr. Holman said that her daughter Bibi, in the photo, was inconsolable during the test and tried to comfort her by reading her books in prison

Dr. Holman said that her daughter Bibi, in the photo, was inconsolable during the test and tried to comfort her by reading her books in prison

Dr. Holman, pictured with his son Noah, said conditions in the cell were "disgusting, smelly and baked".

Dr. Holman, pictured with his son Noah, said conditions in the cell were "disgusting, smelly and baked".

Dr. Holman, pictured with his son Noah, said conditions in the cell were "disgusting, smelly and baked".

After his arrest, Dr. Holman was taken handcuffed to the airport and given bail.

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

Gary said the experience of seeing his incarcerated couple and daughter was "devastating for the whole family."

The idea of ‚Äč‚ÄčEllie and our little girl in that horrible prison breaks my heart.

"Ellie is a sensible, professional person and an excellent mother who would never knowingly violate the law.

"Why does Emirates Airlines serve alcohol to 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 going to the beach and playing in the sea.

"I hope all this is over so that we can all be together again and start healing."

Emirates Airlines offers wine on flights from the UK to Dubai as a standard practice (image file)

Emirates Airlines offers wine on flights from the UK to Dubai as a standard practice (image file)

Emirates Airlines offers wine on flights from the UK to Dubai as a standard practice (image file)

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

"This is reflected in the airport bars, hotels, restaurants and clubs that serve drinks, and you can not blame tourists for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits, but this is far from the truth.

"It is totally illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood It is illegal to consume alcohol in a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and, if you breathe, that person will be imprisoned."

Arrested in Dubai responded to a tweet from Jeremy Clarkson who posted a photo of himself with a glass of white wine on an Emirates flight saying: "Finally, a vacation": tweeting: #EllieHolman was imprisoned with her son He was four years old and was charged for alcohol consumption for having a glass of free red wine served by the airline #emirates #Emirates. His blood reading was only 0.04%, under the legal driving limit. "

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