Heavily-pregnant Brit mum locked up in Tenerife over £366 fine that’s now paid

A heavily-pregnant Scottish woman has been imprisoned on arrival in Tenerife after authorities arrested her for failing to pay two fines from a previous trip to the popular tourist destination.

Jamielee Fielding, who is seven months pregnant, had travelled to the island destination to meet her father and brother for a trip in the sun, but was instead arrested upon her arrival.

She had an outstanding £366 fine amount due from a previous trip to the same spot in September last year, and despite now settling the debt – she was thrown in prison in Spain anyway.

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Ms Fielding, from West Lothian, Scotland, was deemed a fugitive and arrested at the airport, taken to a prison, and later sentenced to four months in jail, which she is now serving.

Her local MP Hannah Bardell, of the SNP, is calling on the UK Government to help get her constituent released so she can return home and give birth safely.

There are also fears over her current health as she is apparently without vital medication needed to treat her gestational diabetes.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Ms Bardell said: "Can we have a debate on the treatment of British citizens in Spanish prisons? My Livingston constituent Jamielee Fielding is nearly seven months pregnant and has gestational diabetes, but despite having paid the fine, the Spanish authorities in Tenerife are holding her, removing vital food and medication, and breaching her human rights.

"She has a very short window to get home to have her baby. Would the Leader of the House press the Foreign Secretary to help get Jamielee home, and to meet me so that I can do everything I can to make sure that she is safe, healthy, and home as soon as possible?"

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Ms Fielding claims her intention was to pay the fine upon arrival at the nearest police station.

She was arrested and transferred from the airport to Prison in Santa Cruz – De Tenerife el Rosario, North Tenerife.

Ms Fielding's father was not informed by the Spanish authorities that his daughter was taken to prison, nor was he informed where the prison was located. The British Embassy was also not notified of her arrest.

It has been claimed Ms Fielding was required to wear a sign around her neck that states "I do not speak Spanish" and reportedly had her dietary requirements and vital medication taken off her.

On Wednesday, Ms Fielding's request to be transferred to an open prison was accepted, but she was let out of the prison with three male prisoners and told to find her own way by taxi to the new facility.

Her father was also advised by the Consular Service that in order for her to complete her sentence in the community, he must ensure a fixed address and support is organised ahead of her release date on December 16.


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