Melissa McBurnie

Under UAE cybercrime law it is strictly prohibited to insult anyone in any electronic format. “They can look through your history,” said Stirling, “and even if you've posted something on Facebook or Twitter from three years ago, and even from outside of the country, that could be considered offensive in the UAE.” Radha Stirling, CEO and founder of Detained in Dubai

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained In Dubai​, said: “Melissa has been going through one of the worst nightmares a person can suffer in the age of the internet for the past four years; she has been inundated with abusive messages of an extremely sexual nature.

“Yet, somehow she is the one facing prosecution in the UAE for cybercrime violations, simply because she used strong language against her abuser.”