Scot given three-month jail sentence for touching Dubai man’s hip

22 Oct

A British man has been sentenced to three months in prison in Dubai for touching a man’s hip in a bar, according to campaigners.

Jamie Harron, from Stirling, was arrested in July over the incident in which he said he put his hand on a man’s hip to avoid spilling a drink in a crowded bar.

The 27-year-old electrician had been working in Afghanistan and was on a two-day stopover in the United Arab Emirates at the time.

After his arrest for public indecency he lost his job and was told he could have faced up to three years in jail.

Campaign group Detained in Dubai (DiD) said he was sentenced to three months imprisonment at court on Sunday but lawyers plan to appeal.

The group said Mr Harron is “angry, disappointed, and dreads what may happen next”.

He is not currently in custody while the appeal is considered, DiD chief executive Radha Stirling said.

Mr Harron has already been sentenced in absentia to 30 days in prison for failing to appear at a court hearing for making a rude gesture and drinking alcohol during the same July incident.

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