The charges against a South African man and his fiancée, who were detained in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate, were dropped earlier this week, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said on Friday.
charges against the couple have been dropped and they have been
released. The family will arrange when they would return to South
Africa,” spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.
Emlyn Culverwell, 29,
and his fiancée Iryna Nohai, 27, originally from the Ukraine, were
detained for more than a month in Abu Dhabi.
They were arrested on
January 29 when Nohai was taken to hospital with stomach cramps. A
doctor at the Medeor Medical Centre in Yas Mall confirmed that Nohai‚ a
Ukrainian national‚ was pregnant, and they were arrested at the
They faced charges of having sex before marriage - a crime in the United Arab Emirates.
Culverwell and Nohai had spent five years working at Yas Waterworld and lived in Abu Dhabi before their arrest.