Dubai Scot jailed for three months for public indecency

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 22, 2017

A Scottish man has been sentenced to three months in jail in Dubai for touching a man's hip as he carried a drink through a crowded bar.

Jamie Harron, 27, was arrested for public indecency at the Rock Bottom bar on 15 July.

Further charges alleged he had touched a man's hip, and the case was processed through the UAE justice system even although the complainant - a German of Jordanian descent - later withdrew the allegation.

His accuser dropped the complaint, but local prosecutors chose to proceed with the case. Mr Harron claimed that he was trying to ensure that a drink he was holding did not spill on himself or others.

News of the three-month sentence was released by campaign group Detained in Dubai, which has been supporting Mr Herron.

Jamie was in Dubai, with a friend, on a two-day stopover from Afghanistan, where he worked as an electrician.

'He has already suffered tremendously as a result of these allegations, and now faces the likelihood of incarceration.

Mr Harron, she said, is understandably distraught.

'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 cyber crime laws which forbid criticism of the government.

The group said Harron would take legal action against his accuser, said to be a senior employee at the engineering firm Neuman and Esser, when he was eventually able to return to Britain.

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.

Tabaza, the managing director of Neuman & Esser, has claimed that he has received death threats since the incident.

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