Scottish woman '˜jailed for adultery in Bahrain' after fleeing husband

A British woman jailed in Bahrain after being accused of adultery has been released amid a fundraising appeal by her mother to bring her home.
A campaign has been launched to bring Hannah James home.A campaign has been launched to bring Hannah James home.
A campaign has been launched to bring Hannah James home.

Hannah James, said to originally be from Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, moved to the country with husband Jassim Alhaddar and their young son, but her mother, Shelley James, claims she was a victim of domestic abuse and wanted to leave Bahrain.

Mrs James claimed her daughter’s passport was burnt and that her husband accused her of having an affair.

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Writing on a JustGiving page set up to raise funds to bring her daughter home, Mrs James said: “Things became very difficult for her as she was suffering from domestic violence.”

She added: “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 1-5 years on the grounds of adultery.”

The Foreign Office confirmed Ms James has now been released from prison but her mother said she cannot yet leave the country “for legal reasons”.

Mrs James said she had been in touch with the British Embassy in Bahrain but accused them of being “no help at all”.

The online fundraising drive has almost reached its £2,500 target.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are providing support to a British woman following her arrest in Bahrain.

“We remain in contact with both her family and with the Bahraini authorities.”