British Man Sentenced to Jail in Dubai for Accidentally Touching Another Man’s Hips
British tourist Jamie Harron has been sentenced to jail in Dubai after accidentally touching a man’s hip, campaigners have said. He faces three months in prison but his lawyers plan to appeal.
Campaign group Detained in Dubai (DiD) said Mr Harron, from Stirling, Scotland, was “angry, disappointed, and dreads what may happen next”.
He is not being held in custody while the appeal is considered, according to DiD chief executive Radha Stirling.
But his passport has been confiscated and he cannot leave Dubai.
The 27-year-old electrician was on a stopover in the Gulf city state when he brushed past a man in a bar.
Mr Harron is said to have been holding a drink, moving through a crowded bar and held a hand in front of him to avoid spilling it on himself or others. He then “touched a man on his hip to avoid impact”.
He was later arrested for public indecency.
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 feels betrayed and exploited by the system, which did not investigate the reports of key witnesses in his defence and led him to believe that the case would be dropped.”
The electrician was working in Afghanistan and was on a two-day stopover in the United Arab Emirates in July when he was arrested.
He since lost his job because of his detainment.