A Cape Town family is calling on the public to assist them after their daughter had been arrested in the Middle East. According to relatives, Chloe Collins, a worker in the hospitality industry had been wrongfully detained in Oman and believes that she may be denied the right to a fair trial and access to justice.
The woman from Kraaifontein arrived in Oman in April, this year, but was detained by the police just three weeks later. According to a press statement by the family, details of the case are unclear at this stage. Collins has no legal representation in Oman, and the family has no access to the formal charges and police dockets, they confirmed.
The statement further reads that Chloe’s brother, who is diagnosed with Schizophrenia and currently in a mental institution in South Africa, was suspected of the potential involvement in a crime in the country before returning to SA. However, he has not been charged with any crime, but Oman authorities arrested her in the wake of investigations and are now demanding his return in exchange for her.
The family said the young woman has been held in police custody since Thursday 9 May. The family added that the past few months have been absolute torture as the woman has been interrogated about the incident, in a foreign language, without legal representation for many hours. The right to a fair trial and access to justice are not assured.
Unless legal representation can be secured in Oman, she will be transferred to a larger prison where conditions are fearful. The woman’s parents have no means to finance legal fees and have started a Backabuddy campaign to assist with funds.
Assist in bringing home Cloe Collins:
While funds are appreciated, the family’s primary request is for the public to share social media posts, and to sign the petition onhttps://www.change.org/p/south-african-government-freechloe?recruiter=991478784&recruited_by_id=53009630-bc25-11e9-9492-edbba39c4e4c&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_message&utm_term=share_petition&share_bandit_exp=message-17199183-en-GB&share_bandit_var=v0