UAE Police Withdraw Woman’s Attempted Suicide Charge

Irish Woman Cleared of Charges in UAE

Irish national Tori Towey, a 28-year-old from Roscommon, has had charges against her dropped by the police in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Ms. Towey faced allegations of attempted suicide and alcohol consumption, and her passport had been destroyed. She was working as a flight attendant in Dubai when the incident occurred.

Legal Support and Reaction

Radha Stirling, a lawyer and human rights advocate with the Detained in Dubai group, announced the withdrawal of the charges. Ms. Towey and her mother expressed their relief and gratitude for the public, media, and Irish government support. Stirling hopes for a smooth departure from the UAE for Ms. Towey.

Official Response

The UAE government has been contacted for comment. Meanwhile, Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris confirmed the lifting of a travel ban that had prevented Ms. Towey from leaving the UAE. He stated that the Irish embassy would assist in her departure. Harris criticized the treatment of Ms. Towey, calling it “utterly unacceptable.”

Family and Public Reaction

Ms. Towey’s aunt, Ann Flynn, expressed hope for a swift return home. She praised the support received and looked forward to starting a new chapter with her niece.

Timeline of Events

  • 28 June: Ms. Towey is charged with attempted suicide after allegedly being assaulted.
  • 9 July: Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald highlights her case, revealing her destroyed passport and travel ban.
  • 10 July: Taoiseach Simon Harris speaks with Ms. Towey and later confirms the lifting of the travel ban.


Ms. Towey’s case, highlighted by Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, drew significant attention and underscored issues of domestic violence and the treatment of women. The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs has been providing consular assistance throughout the ordeal.

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