A British mom had been jailed in Bahrain — where she lived with her family — for trying to leave her allegedly abusive husband.
Friends and family of Hannah James, 26, have shared photos on Facebook of injuries they claim she has suffered at the hands of Jassim Alhaddar, 30, the father of her 4-year-old son.
Hannah tried to escape from her husband after he accused her of adultery — a serious crime under Sharia law. However, she was arrested and faced a possible lengthy prison sentence.
In an interview with Mirror, Alhaddar claimed he found his wife cheating and hurt her in self-defense:
He also claims Hannah "fought back, too."
A petition has been launched in a bid to bring Hannah back to the UK. Her mom, Shelley James, wrote,
Shelley said Hannah suffered in prison and was only fed rice and water. She claims the rice contained sedatives to keep the prisoners calm.
Although Hannah suffered while in jail, she has fortunately been released, which Shelley confirmed in a Facebook messaged that read:
Though one nightmare ended, the family is still struggling to find a way to get Hannah home.
Shelley described Alhaddar's character and pleads the public to get behind the petition and help get her daughter home safely.
Citations: British mum jailed in Bahrain after her 'violent husband accused her of adultery' (Mirror), British mum jailed after trying to leave 'abusive' husband in Bahrain (Metro), #freehannahjames (Change.org)