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Janet Jackson’s husband is accused of firing female employee after she reported being raped and was then thrown in prison on Dubai business trip

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  • Norwegian  Marte Deborah Dalelv was in Dubai on a business trip when she was raped
  • She reported the  rape to police but was then charged herself for having sex outside of marriage
  • She has now  been sentenced to 16 months in prison
  • Six weeks  after reporting the rape her employment at Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana’s  interior design firm was terminated
  • Company  strongly denies firing her because of the rape  allegations
  • Al Mana  married Janet Jackson last year after they met in 2010

By  Sara Malm, Suzannah Hills and Helen Pow

PUBLISHED: 23:03 EST, 20  July 2013 |  UPDATED: 11:58 EST, 21 July 2013

Janet Jackson’s husband, Wissam Al Mana, has been  accused of firing a female employee from his interior design firm after she  reported being raped in Dubai and was then thrown in prison for having  extramarital sex.

A spokesman for the Qatari billionaire’s  company, Al Mana Interiors, strongly denied the claims from Marte  Deborah Dalelv, saying instead its  representatives were ‘by her side’ throughout the ‘ordeal’ and that the firm was  forced to let her go after she  ‘declined to have positive and  constructive discussions about her employment status.’

The Norwegian 24-year-old was sentenced to 16  months in prison this week for having sex outside of marriage after she was  raped by a co-worker in March during a business trip to Dubai.

Boss: Billionaire Wissam Al Mana, managing director of Al Mana Interiors, pictured right with wife Janet Jackson, signed off on a termination letter firing Marte Deborah Dalelv for 'improper behavior'

Boss: Billionaire Wissam Al Mana, managing director of  Al Mana Interiors, pictured right with wife Janet Jackson, signed off on a  termination letter firing Marte Deborah Dalelv for ‘improper behavior’

Dalelv reported the sexual assault to police  but instead of helping her they arrested her and took her passport away. Her  rapist was sentenced to three months less prison time than she got.

According to Verdens  Gang, three weeks after she reported the  crime Dalelv was suspended from her job. Three weeks after that she got a  termination letter, signed off by Al Mana himself.

‘Further to the suspension letter  notified  to you on 20th March 2013, we hereby inform you that you  employment with Al  Mana Interiors W.L.L. is terminated for misconduct  and breach of your  employment duties, effective immediately,’ the letter reads.

Norwegian businesswoman Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for extramarital sex after she reported being raped

Norwegian businesswoman Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, has  been sentenced to 16 months in prison for extramarital sex after she reported  being raped

‘… your  employment agreement is  terminat(ed) due to your unacceptable and  improper behavior during your last  business trip in Dubai, which has  resulted in your arrest by the Police  Authorities in UAE.’

On Saturday, Al Mana Interiors claimed it was  forced to let Dalelv go after she ‘declined to have positive and constructive  discussions about her employment status’ and not because of the rape.

‘We are sympathetic to Marte Dalelv  during  this very difficult situation,’ the statement reads.

‘Al Mana Interiors has repeatedly  offered  Marte support and company representatives were by her side  throughout the  initial investigation and police interviews, and spent  days at both the police  station and the prosecutor’s office to help win  her release.

‘Company  representatives have been  supportive and in communication with Marte  throughout her ordeal. Only when Ms.  Dalelv declined to have positive  and constructive discussions about her  employment status, and ceased  communication with her employer, was the company  forced to end our  relationship with her. The decision had nothing to do with  the rape  allegation, and unfortunately neither Ms. Dalelv nor her attorneys  have  chosen to contact the company to discuss her employment  status.

‘We continue to be open to helping Ms. Dalelv  and extending her resources  during the Dubai legal process. We are hopeful that  we can resume a  positive discussion about the assistance she needs during this  difficult time.’

Dalelv reported the sexual assault in March, after which she had to  spend days in a  cell before she was allowed to use a telephone.

With the help of family members, the  Norwegian consulate was able to  negotiate a release and she has been living  under the protection of the  Norwegian Sailor’s Church until her sentencing this  week.


Woman shocked by Dubai prison sentence after  reporting rape

Waiting game: Marte Deborah Dalelv, pictured in Dubai, faces an uncertain future as Norway doesn't have an extradition treaty with Dubai Waiting game: Marte Deborah Dalelv, pictured in Dubai,  faces an uncertain future as Norway doesn’t have an extradition treaty with  Dubai

Dalelv claims she was fired from her position with Al Mana Interiors - which is owned by Janet Jackson's husband, Wissam Al Mana - during the ordealDalelv claims she was fired from her position with Al  Mana Interiors – which is owned by Janet Jackson’s husband, Wissam Al Mana –  during the ordeal

‘I received the harshest sentence for sex  outside marriage, harshest  sentence for drinking alcohol and on top of that I  was found guilty of  perjury,’ she told Verdens Gang.

‘It is a terrible situation she is in,’ said  Gisle Meling, the priest at the Norwegian Sailor’s Church.

‘We are very surprised and had hoped it would  go another way, but we live  in a country which has a justice system which draws  its conclusions with the help of Sharia law.’

Dalelv was sentenced to one year and four months in jail but as Norway has no  extradition treaty with Dubai, her future is uncertain.

Janet Jackson married the Qatari billionaire  in a secret ceremony last year.  The pair have been together for three years  after meeting in 2010.

The young Norwegian woman’s horror story is  not unique.

Earlier this year Australian Alicia Gali, 27,  spoke of how she was thrown in a  Dubai jail for eight months after she reported  a rape.

Dark side: Having been detained in Dubai since the assault in March, the woman has now been found guilty of sex outside marriage, drinking alcohol without a licence and perjury and was jailed for 16 monthsDark side: Having been detained in Dubai since the  assault in March, Ms Dalelv has now been found guilty of sex outside marriage,  drinking alcohol without a licence and perjury and was jailed for 16  months

Gali was working at hotel chain Starwood when  her drink was spiked in the staff bar.

She awoke to find that three colleagues had  raped her, but when she went to a hospital for help, they turned her over to the  police and she was  charged with illicit sex outside marriage.

Under UAE law, rapists can only be convicted  if either the perpetrator  confesses or if four adult Muslim males witness the  crime.

Under the Sharia-influenced laws, sex before  marriage is completely forbidden and an unmarried couple holding hands in public  can be jailed.

Foreigners jailed in Dubai are deported  immediately after completing their sentences.

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