Man facing jail in Dubai for touching another man’s hip could have charges dropped
The British man who was facing a possible three-year jail sentence for touching another man’s hip could be home soon.
Jamie Harron, a 27-year-old electrician from Stirling, was arrested for public indecency after he touched another man in a bar, apparently to avoid spilling a drink.
The alleged incident took place at the Rock Bottom Bar on July 15.
It is believed that Harron could face a three-year sentence, but the man who he touched is reported to have dropped the complaint on learning the harshness of the sentence the Briton was facing.
The man’s employer Neuman & Esser said: “With a certain distance from the incident and the punishment to be expected for the suspect, our employee decided to withdraw the complaint despite the harassment having been confirmed by several witnesses.
“However, according to the typical laws for the country, this does not automatically result in the termination of the proceedings as, for example, very likely in England or Germany.”
The charge is due to be heard in court on October 22.
Harron has already been fined, sentenced to 30 days in prison and will be deported for drinking alcohol and “making a rude gesture”.
His lawyers have submitted an appeal. Harron is said to have admitted drinking alcohol but denied making the gesture.
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