Mother is locked up for three days with her daughter in Dubai prison

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 mother has spoken of her terrifying experience of being locked in a dirty Dubai jail for three days with her four-year-old daughter for having a glass of wine on a flight from London.

Ellie Holman, 44, was arrested after an immigration official at Dubai International Airport asked her if she had consumed alcohol on the eight-hour flight.

The mother of three children, a dentist in Sevenoaks, Kent, says she was held in an airport detention center "that smells bad and smells bad" and that she was not allowed to call her husband, Gary.

Now Dr. Holman faces up to a year in the strict Arab state to solve her case.

Speaking exclusively at MailOnline, she said: "My girl had to go to the bathroom on the floor of the cell, I never heard her cry the same way she did in that cell.

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

The mother of three children said that Bibi, in the picture, was "terrified" during the time in jail and that she was forced to go to the bathroom on the floor of the cell after she was denied permission to use a toilet.

The mother of three children said that Bibi, in the picture, was "terrified" during the time in jail and that she was forced to go to the bathroom on the floor of the cell after she was denied permission to use a toilet.

The mother of three children said that Bibi, in the picture, was "terrified" during the time in jail and that she was forced to go to the bathroom on the floor of the cell after she was denied permission to use a toilet.

"My passport is still confiscated until the case is resolved, which I have been told will take at least a year," he said.

"So far, this situation has cost me around £ 30,000 in legal fees, expenses and lost work, my practice is closed, all our savings are gone.

Her 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.

  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.

"The idea of ​​buying another ticket and turning directly for another long flight was unthinkable," he said.

During a tense standoff with the immigration officer, Dr. Holman said he became angry with her and refused to answer her questions. She said that he then asked her if she had been drinking.

"I told him I had a glass of wine on the flight, it was given to me by Emirates Airlines employees for free.

The official told Dr. Holman that possession of alcohol, even if consumed, was a crime in the UAE.

When the officer became more nervous, Dr. Holman began filming him on his cell phone so that he had some evidence of his rude behavior.

In a matter of seconds, she was surrounded by a dozen armed police officers and told the officers of the airport shoot that it was a criminal offense.

The terrified couple was taken to a cell at the airport and their phones and passports were taken away.

Dr. Holman said her daughter Bibi was inconsolable and tried to comfort her by reading her books in prison.

They were taken to a police station where they were told to provide a blood sample for an alcohol test, she said a guard took off the earrings and tried to tear off her hair extensions.

While the police detention staff spoke in Arabic, Dr. Holman asked for water and food. She says they also asked to use a toilet, but they were denied permission.

Dr Holman, a Swedish citizen, says that she and Bibi were ordered to sleep in a dining area used by other inmates.

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".

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.

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)

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 ​​Ellie 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."

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.

David Haigh, a partner at Detained in Dubai, added: "It is heartbreaking to see a mother and her child being detained for something as trivial as a glass of wine."

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