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UAE drops charged against SA man and fiancé

Kwa-Zulu Natal
Durban - Charges against a South African man and his fiancé, who were detained in Abu Dhabi, have been dropped.

Emlyn Culverwell, 29, and his fiancé, Iryna Nohai, 27, originally from the Ukraine, were detained for more than a month in Abu Dhabi.

They were arrested on January 29 when Nohai was taken to hospital with stomach cramps. 

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Emlyn Culverwell, 29, and his fiancé, Iryna Nohai.

A doctor at the Medeor Medical Centre in Yas Mall confirmed that Nohai a Ukrainian national was pregnant, and they were arrested at the hospital.

They faced charges of having sex before marriage – a crime in the United Arab Emirates.

Culverwell and Nohai had spent five years working at Yas Waterworld and lived in Abu Dhabi before their arrest.

Sunday Tribune

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