UPDATE: Portuguese transsexual pays €478 fine and is deported from Dubai

The Portuguese government has confirmed that the 18-year-old Portuguese transsexual who was facing charges of “transvestism” in Dubai and had been ordered to pay a €478 fine is expected to return to Portugal “very soon”.

According to Diário de Notícias, it is just a matter of the deportation process being approved as the fine has already been paid.

The case made headlines last week when it was revealed the Portuguese government was working to bring the transsexual back to Portugal.

“From the moment we heard about the case through Amnesty International, we were in permanent contact with the Embassy, the family of the youngster, the local authorities and Dubai police,” said José Cesário, the Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities Abroad, at the time.

According to national press, Sofia Janeiro and her 36-year-old Spanish partner Alessandra Chanel were arrested on January 22 in front of a bathroom at the Burj Jalifa metro station in Dubai.

Although they are both legally identified as women in their passports, they were accused of “transvestism” as Dubai does not acknowledge the existence of transsexuals.

They were ordered to pay €478 fines and leave the country.

Spanish news agency Efe reported that they still remained in Dubai because they didn’t have the money to pay the fines.

By MICHAEL BRUXO [email protected]