Emlyn Culverwell‚ 29, and Iryna Nohai, 27, were reportedly arrested after a doctor discovered Ms Nohai, who had stomach cramps, was pregnant. They were arrested for sex outside of marriage, which is illegal in the United Arab Emirates. Mr Culverwell and Ms Nohai have reportedly been held since January, but news of their detention has only emerged now. They could face a long jail term. Islam forbids extramarital sex (except between a man and his female slave).