British Woman Jailed For Adultery In Bahrain Wins Her Freedom

Her release comes after a fundraising appeal by her mother to bring her home. However, Hannah James cannot yet leave the country "for legal reasons."

Hannah James, a British woman jailed in Bahrain after being accused of adultery, has been released and allowed to return home.

The woman from Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, moved to the Arab country with husband Jassim Alhaddar and their young son and was accused by her husband of adultery.

But her mother, Shelley James, claims the accusation of an affair is not true. Her daughter was a victim of domestic abuse and wanted to leave Bahrain.

She also alleged her son-in-law burned her daughter's passport in order to keep his wife from fleeing the country.

"Things became very difficult for her as she was suffering from domestic violence," James said.

"This became worse day-by-day. Hannah James finally made the decision to leave him and Bahrain with her son with support and help from her family. He made it impossible for her to leave as he burnt her passport.

"He then went to the police and accused her of having an affair, so she is and has been in Bahrain prison for one month now, and is looking at a sentence between one to five years on the grounds of adultery."

Hannah James was locked up in prison to face the charges.

Her mother, desperate to seek help for her daughter, contacted the local British Embassy and launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to bring her daughter home.


The husband, however, told Mirror Online in an interview that he hit his wife after finding evidence she was cheating, but claimed it was all in self-defense. "She has white skin so when I go to grab her by her hand there will be bruises for her."

"Her skin color, the bruises appear for her really easily."

As to burning his wife’s passport, he claimed he hid it in the oven where it was accidentally destroyed.

He also gave his side of the story on social media.


Shelley James has been able to gain her daughter's freedom but says she cannot yet leave the country "for legal reasons" and that she had been in touch with the British Embassy in Bahrain but they are "no help at all."

The Foreign Office, however, claims they are providing support to them. "We remain in contact with both her family and with the Bahraini authorities."

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