Cape Town – The family of Chloe Collins is in despair over her arrest and prolonged, "wrongful" detainment in Oman in the Middle East – allegedly for a crime her brother was supposed to have committed.
The 23-year-old Collins, from Kraaifontein, arrived in Oman in April to work in the hospitality industry but less than three weeks later she was detained by police.
Her family insist she has been wrongfully detained since May 9 and may be denied the right to a fair trial and access to justice.
Her brother, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and is currently in a mental institution in South Africa, is suspected of involvement in a crime in the country before returning to South Africa. He has, however, not been charged with any crime.
Oman authorities arrested her in the wake of investigations and are now demanding his return in exchange for her. Collins has no legal representation in Oman and the family have no access to the formal charges and police dockets.