Scot jailed for month after drinking alcohol in Dubai bar

Postado Outubro 12, 2017

A Brit facing jail after accidentally touching a man's hip in Dubai has been sentenced to a month in prison for drinking alcohol.

A spokesman for the prosecution service in Dubai said: "On the drinking charge, he has been sentenced to a month in jail, fined 2,000 dirhams (£412) and will be deported".

Radha Stirling from the campaign group Detained in Dubai said: "The first case was for brushing past the man and the second includes allegations of a rude gesture and drinking alcohol".

"His next appearance on the public indecency case is on October 22".

The electrician, from Scotland, had been told to remain in the city for future court hearings.

Alcoholic drinks are served in licensed hotels and clubs, but it is a punishable offence to drink, or to be under the influence of alcohol, in public.

He is said to have been moving through the crowded bar holding a drink, with his hand in front of him to avoid spillage, when he "touched a man on his hip to avoid impact".

He was then said to have been charged with public indecency, locked up for five days in Al Barsha prison, then released after bail with his passport confiscated. He has additionally spent more than £30,000 in costs and lawful charges, having just been stuck there for three months.

She said: "Jamie adamantly denies the allegations of a rude gesture and of indecent behaviour but admits drinking alcohol".

Mr Harron is said to be frustrated that the two cases brought against him have been separated and fears it will force him to stay in Dubai for longer.

She said a further court date was expected in about two weeks, although no firm date has yet been set and Mr Harron expects the court process to be "drawn out".

'The complainant in this case has no evidence of any crime being committed but Jamie has been stuck in the UAE for more than three months.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office representative stated: 'We have been in contact with a British man following his capture in Dubai in July.