Both Rape Victim and Rapist Pardoned in Dubai… And Other News

Dubai Rape

The 24-year-old Norwegian woman who was sentenced to 16 months in prison for premarital sex after she went to Dubai police to report she had been raped by a colleague, has been pardoned.

Marte Deborah Dalelv, who worked for an interior design firm in Qatar (owned by Janet Jackson’s husband) since 2011, claims she was sexually assaulted by a co-worker in March while she was attending a business meeting in Dubai. Instead of arresting the rapist, Dalelv was detained for four days after being accused of having sex outside marriage, which is forbidden in the UAE. The case has understandably drawn outrage from rights groups and the West since her sentencing on Wednesday. The alleged attacker received a 13-month sentence for non-marital sex and alcohol consumption. But now Dubai has pardoned them both. Dubai’s public prosecutor’s office confirmed that pardons had been granted to both Dalelv and the Sudanese man she accused. Glad that’s cleared up. Now I can take my vacation to NOT Dubai. CNN

BYnesThe crazy finally got the best of Amanda Bynes. The actress was hospitalized Monday night for a 5150 hold, aka a psychiatric evaluation, aka pulling a Britney, after she allegedly set a fire in an unknown woman’s driveway. Craaaazy. Police were called to a Los Angeles house after Bynes set a small fire in the driveway. When the police arrived Bynes was standing nearby the fire and couldn’t give the police a sensible reason why she did it. The elderly woman whose driveway was set aflame told TMZ that she had no idea who Amanda Bynes was. Based on her crazy answers to their questioning, police decided she needed to be hospitalized on a 5150 hold. Bynes can be held only for 72 hours while doctors determine her mental capabilities. TMZ

Plane touches down without landing gear at LaGuardia Looks like passengers are getting too big for planes. The front landing gear of a flight arriving at New York’s LaGuardia Airport collapsed Monday right after the plane touched down on the runway, injuring 10 people. Maybe they should institute Air Samoa’s pay what you weigh policy? When the landing gear failed, the jet skidded across the runway on its nose and came to a stop in the grass. Passengers reported a chaotic situation and said that all the cell phones, iPads, books, and drinks went flying forward in the plane. Not the iPads! CBC News

Beach SmokingTake that France! The French were angry when gay marriage got the go ahead and now they’re even angrier because the health minister is calling for a smoking ban on beaches. The real kicker? France is currently going through a heat wave so EVERYONE is at the beach. The Socialist minister said she hoped smoking would also be banned outside schools and on university campuses, saying “Is it normal for mothers, fathers or nannies to smoke in a public park where children play? I don’t think so. Tobacco kills…” Someone’s taking cues from New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg! Fun fact: Smoking is the prime cause of avoidable mortality in France and is responsible for 90% of lung cancer cases and 73,000 premature deaths each year. BBC News

Dave BingTough times ahead for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. After Detroit because the largest American city to file for bankruptcy last week, Mayor Bing has been getting bombarded with questions over what the hell happened. Bing, a former professional basketball star who is in his first full mayoral term, took office in 2009 promising to solve Detroit’s fiscal problems, which by then were already pretty rough. Needless to say, he didn’t solve them. Instead Kevyn Orr was called in as Detroit’s emergency manager and together with Governor Rick Snyder, the two decided Detroit should just give up and file for bankruptcy. Bing is now left in a position with no power, especially since he declared back in May that he will not run in the next mayoral election. “He’s been so embarrassed by all of this and so neutered,” said Steve Hood, a political consultant in Detroit. So neutered indeed. New York Times

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