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The Ukrainian models who were jailed for posing nude in a high-rise balcony photoshoot in Dubai will be removed rather than imprisoned.
On allegations of public debauchery and making pornography, Dubai police arrested at least 11 Ukrainian women who posed nude in broad daylight with a male Russian photographer earlier this week.
Explicit images and videos of the women were shared across social media, sending shockwaves through the Emirate, where a legal code based on Islamic law, or Shariah, has landed several foreigners in jail for the same offense.
Ukrainian and Russian authorities confirmed the arrest of their citizens on Tuesday, April 6, but the nationalities of the others detained were not immediately known.
The naked shoot was reportedly for an Israeli porn site.
One woman, Marianna Fedchuk, 21, who spoke to local media admitted to taking part in the shoot but denied being one of the naked women on the balcony.
Following an investigation, Dubai’s Attorney General Essam Issa al-Humaidan announced that those behind the photoshoot would be deported to their home countries, without elaborating further.
‘The public prosecutor ordered the deportation of the accused for their behavior contrary to public morals,’ al-Humaidan said, adding that the group of women had been charged with violating the country’s public decency law.