Charges dropped against Briton detained in Dubai for touching man's hip

Randolph Lopez
October 24, 2017

A Scottish man who was prosecuted in Dubai for touching a man's hip has been freed, a day after being sentenced to three months in jail, his supporters have said.

Jamie always maintained he was trying to avoid spilling his drink when he touched the man in the bar back in July.

The decision came only days after a Dubai court ordered 27-year-old Harron be imprisoned.

Jamie Harron, from Stirling, was arrested at a bar in July after touching the man and charged with public indecency.

Radha Stirling, the chief executive of Detained in Dubai, said Harron was "understandably nervous" when he was called by the police on Monday morning to say his case had been dismissed and that he should collect his passport. But as Detained in Dubai wrote on its blog, Dubai is also an extremely religiously conservative emirate "with an archaic corrupt legal system used as a corporate jail by the unscrupulous and vindictive".

She later added: "We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Sheikh Mohammed for his personal intervention in this case, and for exonerating Jamie at long last".

She said: "He nervously went to the police station today to get his passport, but he was anxious it was going to be a trap to re-arrest him".

Roseville Gas Prices 10 Percent Higher than Year Ago
The price of gas in Rhode Island is down two cents this week and continues to fall from its post-hurricane spike last month. Some areas of the midwest have seen prices rise as refineries undergo seasonal maintenance and inventories tighten.

Fighting Erupts Between Iraqi, Kurdish Forces At Border
An intense firefight on Friday saw Iraqi forces take the town of Altun Kupri, reports the Washington Post . The region voted in a referendum last month to secede from Iraq .

Former presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert
The last time the five were together was in 2013, when Obama was still in office, at the dedication of George W. Bush, then replies, "We love you, Texas".

Harron denied the allegations and Tabaza later dropped all charges. "But we are enormously grateful to Sheikh Mohammed for stepping in".

Harron is an electrician who had been working in Afghanistan and was on a two-day stopover in Dubai when the incident happened.

"It is expected that Jamie will initiate civil proceedings against his accusers, Emad Tabaza and the company he works for; Neuman & Esser", Stirling said.

Mr Harron admitted drinking alcohol, which is illegal in Dubai except in certain licensed bars, hotels and homes.

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

Recent incidents involving British nationals apparently forced UK Ambassador to the UAE Philip Parham to write a letter warning citizens to exercise more caution and understand local laws in the sheikhdoms.

"Our travel advice for the UAE explains that local laws and customs are very different to those in the United Kingdom and that there may be serious penalties for doing something which may not be illegal in the United Kingdom", he said.

Other reports by GlobalViralNews

Discuss This Article