UK festival curator accuses UAE minister of sex assault

The chair of Britain’s Hay literary competition says the development won’t go back to Abu Dhabi after one of the vital competition’s curators alleged that she was once sexually assaulted through the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates whilst running with him

LONDON — The chair of Britain’s Hay literary competition stated Sunday the development won’t go back to Abu Dhabi after one of the vital competition’s curators alleged that she was once sexually assaulted through the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates whilst running with him.

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

The Instances stated McNamara, who had travelled to the UAE to paintings at the release of the literary competition there, claimed she was once assaulted through 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 no longer touch upon private issues. When requested concerning the case, Britain’s Metropolitan Police showed lady contacted the drive on July three to record an allegation of rape, and stated an preliminary remark has been taken from her.

Hay Competition chair Caroline Michel stated her colleagues are dedicated to supporting McNamara in in the hunt for criminal motion and stated the competition won’t 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 accept as true with and place,” Michel stated in a remark.

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

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

Sheikh Nahyan has gained 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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