Update 7/20/2011 1046am: An article in English has been published in VG.no, and is reproduced at the bottom of this post.
The details of this case are bizarre, and include a connection with Janet Jackson, the sister of Michael Jackson and a recent “revert” to Islam.
Well, if this doesn’t take the cake. Just when you think Sweden couldn’t sink any lower, it comes up with this little gem. Many thanks to Steen for keeping us informed about this one: the Swedish company that employed the young woman who reported being raped in Dubai has fired her for her actions:
I have emailed the company firstname.lastname@example.org, to the attention of the director Thomas Lundgren, that I will give his business as much publicity as possible all over the world.
The company writes to the raped woman:
“As you know, your indecent behaviour in this matter is in conflict with company regulations.”
A real [expletive] — could you spread the word? Hege has the original story.
See Steen’s post (in Danish).
Here’s the article in English from VG.no:
Janet Jackson’s Husband Fired Marte Dalelv (24)
Billionaire Wissam Al Mana, husband of famous popstar Janet Jackson, signed the letter of resignation for Marte Dalelv (24) after she reported being raped in Dubai.
The 6th of March this year Dalelv reported a colleague for rape while on a business trip in Dubai. Earlier this week, Dalelv was sentenced to 16 months in prison after being convicted for having extramarital sex, drinking alcohol without permission and giving false statement to the police.
“Unacceptable and improper behavior”
Ms. Dalelv received a letter from her employer Al Mana Interiors three weeks after she reported the rape, informing her that she was suspended from her position, effective immediately.
The ninth of april she got a new shocking letter: Her contract was terminated due to “unacceptable and improper behavior”. This time it was the company’s managing director, Mr. Wissam Al Mana, who himself signed the letter.
Al Mana and popstar Janet Jackson, the sister of Michael Jackson, got married in 2012. When they confirmed the marriage this February the news went worldwide.
“Last year we were married in a quiet, private and beautiful ceremony”, the couple wrote in a statement to the press.
“I think a man’s dream woman changes as he goes through different stages in his life. I’m fortunate to be dating my dream woman now,” he told Harper’s Bazaar in 2010 according to Gulf News.
Sacked by a billionaire
Wissam Al Mana is a businesstycoon in Qatar who is believed to be worth one billion dollars. His company has worked together, amongst others, with the luxury brand Herme’s on opening a high-end story in Doha, according to Trends Magazine, an international magazine about arab business, who wrote an article about Al Mana in 2009.
Al Mana Interiors in Doha and their role as a franchisee in the interior chain The One Total Home Experience is also mentioned in the article. Dalelv got recruited through The One for the job in Dubai, and on The One’s website Al Mana Interiors is promoted as The One’s Doha-store.
The One is owned by the swedish bussinessman Thomas Lundgren, which has recruited several Norwegians to work for him and their franchisees in the Gulf-countries. Mr. Lundgren has not replied VGs repeated attempts to get a comment.
On their Facebook-page Qatar-based Al Mana Interiors informs that the company is led by the Saleh Al Mana-group, which is owned by the three brothers Hisham, Kamal and Wissam Saleh Al Mana.
This was also confirmed in a statement to the press in 2010.
The brothers owns over 50 different companies in the Gulf-region, Wissam Al Mana informs in an interview to Gulfconnoisseur.
Other companies in the Saleh Al Mana-group do sales of cares, cosmetics and real estate.
The Facebook-page of Al Mana Interiors have been removed since Friday morning and the company has not given any statements. The same goes for the Facebook-page of The One.
Personally signed the letter
Al Mana writes the following in the letter he personally signed:
Dear Ms. Dalelv,
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.
As mentioned is the suspension letter dated 20th March 2013, your employment agreement is termination 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.
The full and final settlement of any outstanding benefits can be discussed wih Mr. XXXX XXXXXX. At the same time, you are requested to hand in any company property given to you on account of company work.
The present letter has been given in accordance with article 61 of the Qatar Labour Law no 14 of (2004), and a copy of which will be submitted to the Labour Department, for their records.
Wissam Al Mana
VG’s reporters have not recieved any comments from Al Mana Interiors or Wissam Al Mana, despite repeated requests.
Hat tip for the article: The Observer.