Australian woman deported from UAE after Facebook post

An Australian woman was deported from the UAE on Tuesday night after being convicted of using insulting language on social media, judicial sources have confirmed.

Jodi Magi, 39, had posted an image on her Facebook account in February of a car illegally parked across two disabled parking slots, with insulting language addressed to the car’s owner

According to an AFP report, citing a judicial source in Abu Dhabi, “following a complaint from the car’s owner, a European, Magi admitted having posted the photo online but not the incriminating text.”

In April, she was sentenced in absentia to pay a fine of 10,000 dirhams and deportation.

She appeared in court with a lawyer and interpreter to appeal against the verdict the following month, but to no avail and her sentence was confirmed in June,” the AFP report said.

The agency quoted the judicial source as saying that Magi had  appeared in an Abu Dhabi court and was taken into custody on July 12 before being placed on a flight to Bangkok — her “destination of choice” — on Tuesday evening.