UK festival curator accuses UAE minister of sex assault

The chair of Britain’s Hay literary pageant says the development is not going to go back to Abu Dhabi after some of the pageant’s curators alleged that she was once sexually assaulted via the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates whilst operating with him

LONDON — The chair of Britain’s Hay literary pageant stated Sunday the development is not going to go back to Abu Dhabi after some of the pageant’s curators alleged that she was once sexually assaulted via the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates whilst operating with him.

Caitlin McNamara alleged she was once attacked in February via Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling circle of relatives, the Sunday Occasions reported.

The Occasions stated McNamara, who had travelled to the UAE to paintings at the release of the literary pageant there, claimed she was once assaulted via the sheikh after they met at a far flung island villa.

The International Ministry of the UAE, a federation of 7 sheikhdoms at the Arabian Peninsula additionally house to Dubai, stated it does now not touch upon non-public issues. When requested concerning the case, Britain’s Metropolitan Police showed that a lady contacted the drive on July three to record an allegation of rape, and stated an preliminary remark has been taken from her.

Hay Pageant chair Caroline Michel stated her colleagues are dedicated to supporting McNamara in searching for prison motion and stated the pageant is not going to go back to Abu Dhabi whilst the sheikh stays in his put up.

“What took place to our good friend and colleague Caitlin McNamara in Abu Dhabi remaining February was once an appalling violation and a hideous abuse of agree with and place,” Michel stated in a remark.

“Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan made a mockery of his ministerial duties and tragically undermined his govt’s try to paintings with Hay Pageant to advertise unfastened speech and feminine empowerment,” she added.

The sheikh’s ministry paid for the four-day pageant in Abu Dhabi, which came about in past due February and featured a number of well-known authors.

Sheikh Nahyan has won world consideration because the Emirates hosted Pope Francis and strikes towards normalizing ties with Israel whilst welcoming Jews to this Muslim-ruled country.

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