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Two British teachers are locked up in a hellhole jail in Oman on suspicion of stealing DOGS after 'trying to rescue the abused animals from their cruel owner'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 16/05/2019 Joseph Curtis For Mailonline
Jennifer Green, 33, pictured, and a female friend are being held in Oman after being accused of trying to steal dogs and public intoxication. © Associated Newspapers Limited Jennifer Green, 33, pictured, and a female friend are being held in Oman after being accused of trying to steal dogs and public intoxication.

Two British teachers have been locked up in a 'hellhole' jail in Oman after being accused of stealing dogs.

Jennifer Green, 33, and a female friend have been held for the past 12 days but claim they were 'trying to rescue abused animals' from a 'cruel' owner.

Relatives say they are worried sick and Ms Green's brother Mike said he has been trying to fly to Oman to help.

The women were working as English Language teachers for the British Council – which promotes UK culture abroad - in Muscat before they were arrested.

Mr Green, of Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, said the women were trying to 'save two mistreated dogs' who had been left out in 'scorching' heat.

a person standing in front of a store: Ms Green's (pictured) brother Mike said the pair were being held on 'trumped up' charges and had been trying to 'rescue the dogs from a cruel owner' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ms Green's (pictured) brother Mike said the pair were being held on 'trumped up' charges and had been trying to 'rescue the dogs from a cruel owner'

He accused Omani officials of imprisoning them on 'trumped up' charges including drink driving and public intoxication 'without evidence'.

He told The Sun: 'I'm worried sick. She's being locked up in prison for the last twelve days and because it's Ramadan, nothing is happening.'

Mr Green, 35, who is currently in New Zealand on business, added one of his sister's friends has told him the authorities are trying to pressure the women into admitting crimes they didn't commit.

He said they were initially released by police after agreeing to pay the dogs' owner £4,000 but that when it went to court the judge called for a further investigation because he thought they had been drinking.

He added: 'I'm really worried and so is the entire family. Initially she was just brought to the police station but was let go.

'She phoned me when she was released and she didn't seem too bothered about it at the time but it has obviously escalated since then.'

Ms Green has been in Oman for more than a year and it is understood the British Council has been in touch with Omani officials to try to resolve the situation.

A British Council spokeswoman said it was aware of the incident but 'could not discuss details of an ongoing legal case'. 

MailOnline has approached the British Council and the Foreign Office for comment. 

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