Michelle Palmer, the British woman accused of having sex on a Dubai beach, has spoken out for the first time, pleading for help to prove her innocence so that she can return home.
Trembling and fighting back tears during a brief appearance at a Dubai court yesterday morning, Ms Palmer spoke to The Times through a friend, in an effort to counter “the lies” she says have been spread about her case.
Ms Palmer has previously denied prosecution claims that the couple were having sex on the beach, saying in an earlier court appearance that they were only “hugging and kissing”.
The note attempts to counter some press reports alleging that Ms Palmer insulted the policeman who arrested them, threw a shoe at him and ignored his earlier warning that the couple should leave the beach.
It claims that the couple were presented by prosecutors with transcripts of their interviews and statements in Arabic, which they were made to sign.
Ms Palmer, who was dismissed from her publishing job after her arrest, said that her ordeal has taken a tremendous toll: “Ninety per cent of what has been reported is untrue. This certainly has all been trial by media.”