British man jailed for three months in Dubai for touching another man’s hip
The British man who was accused of touching another man’s hip in a Dubai bar has been jailed for three months.
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 incident took place at the Rock Bottom Bar on July 15.
The man who had accused him of touching his hip last week reportedly dropped his complaint against Harron and it was believed that he might be sent home soon.
But this weekend, Harron was jailed for three months after spending months in jail and thousands of pounds on legal costs and expenses.
Detained in Dubai, a legal advocacy group, confirmed today that Harron was jailed for three months but that they planned to appeal the decision.
According to the group, Harron said he was “angry, disappointed, and dreads what may happen next”.
Harron remains out of custody while the appeal is considered, Radha Stirling, DiD’s chief executive said.
Ms Stirling said: “Now Jamie has been sentenced to three months; there is no telling whether a judgement on appeal will be better or worse.
“He has already suffered tremendously as a result of these allegations, and now faces the likelihood of incarceration.
“His family was unable to visit him during this critical time because they faced a very real risk of imprisonment themselves under the UAE’s cybercrime laws which forbid criticism of the government.
“At this point, Jamie will definitely be pursuing civil action against his accusers when he does eventually return home, as it appears that he will not be able to find justice in the UAE.”
Harron’s accuser’s employer Neuman & Esser said last week: “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.”
Harron had already been fined, sentenced to 30 days in prison and will be deported for drinking alcohol, “making a rude gesture” and failing to turn up to court.
But Detained in Dubai said that Harron had not been told of the previous court date.
His lawyers have submitted an appeal against the earlier charges. Harron is said to have admitted drinking alcohol but denied making the gesture.
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