An online petition has been started, calling for the government to intervene in the illegal detention of South African citizen, Chloe Collins, in the Middle Eastern country of Oman.
The petition states that Chloe, who worked in the country’s hospitality industry, has been in police custody and interrogated since 9 May 2019.
It is also stated that she is being interrogated in a foreign language for several hours a day and without legal representation.
It is not clear what has transpired, but no charges seemed to have been laid against Chloe, nor has the family been provided with any police dockets.
It is however explained that Chloe’s brother, who suffers from schizophrenia and had been with her in Oman, was suspected of a crime before returning to South Africa.
Once again however, no charges have been laid against the brother nor is there any indication of what crime he was involved in.
He is currently receiving treatment in a South African mental institution.
It is understood that the police is demanding his return to Oman, in exchange for releasing Chloe and allowing her to return to South Africa.
The family does not have the means to pay for a lawyer in Oman and is said to be frantic with worry and despair.
Furthermore, even with legal assistance, the family believes that without diplomatic/government intervention, Chloe may be detained for a very long time.
If you want to help convince the government to intervene, please sign the petition by clicking HERE.