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Dubai pardons Norwegian in rape case

This family handout shows Norwegian businesswoman Marte Dalelv in Abu Dhabi, on May 2013. Norway's foreign minister says Dalelv is free to leave the United Arab Emirates. Dalelv was sentenced to jail after reporting being raped by a co-worker in the United Arab Emirates.

This family handout shows Norwegian businesswoman Marte Dalelv in Abu Dhabi, on May 2013. Norway's foreign minister says Dalelv is free to leave the United Arab Emirates. Dalelv was sentenced to jail after reporting being raped by a co-worker in the United Arab Emirates.  (Scanpix/AFP/File)

A Norwegian woman in a rape case in Dubai said Monday she was pardoned and allowed to fly home after having been convicted of extramarital sex in the Muslim emirate.

"I was told that I've been pardoned," Marte Dalelv, 24, told reporters outside a Dubai court, adding that her passport had been returned and she would leave the Gulf state "as soon as possible".

In Oslo, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide also said that Dalelv was being allowed to leave the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a member.

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