Scottish Man Arrested In Dubai For Touching A Man’s Hip

A 27-year old Brit is facing up to 3-years in jail in Dubai for putting his hands on a man in a bar. 

A Scottish man on holiday in Dubai is being held in there for putting his hand on a man. Jamie Harron said he had 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 accidentally touched a man on his hip.

Harron was reportedly arrested for public indecency and drinking alcohol after the incident. Harron, who works as an electrician in Afghanistan, was on a two-day stopover in the United Arab Emirates in July. Since the incident, Harron has lost his job and spent more than £30,000 in expenses and legal fees.

A campaign group called Detained in Dubai is currently trying to help Harron.

“This is another example of how vulnerable tourists are to arrest and detention in Dubai and at how drawn-out and disorganised legal proceedings are,” said Radha Stirling, chief executive of Detained in Dubai.

According to the organisation, the man only became aggravated about the touch after Harron and his friend sat down at the table.

The police were soon called and arrested Harron. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was providing consular assistance on the matter.

Harron was locked up for five days in Al Barsha prison. He has since been released on bail and had his passport confiscated.

Stirling said: “He was expecting to appear in court this Sunday, but the court moved the date without telling him or his lawyer.

“This led to a sentence of 30 days’ imprisonment for failing to present himself at the hearing.”

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “We have been in contact with a British man following his arrest in Dubai in July. We are providing consular assistance.”

Brits haven’t had much luck in Dubai recently. In 2016, an Edinburgh man named William Barclay was detained after attempting to exchange a fake £20 note. He finally returned home last week.


The Independent



  1. Ryan S

    October 11, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    I will never understand why people insist on going to these backwards countries. They see the shimmery lights and money but refuse to believe the dirty secrets within.

  2. Frank

    October 11, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Those people are fucking crazy. I guess my lover and I shouldn’t hold hands when we visit in February.

    • ranterator

      October 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Dont go…

  3. ranterator

    October 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Was the contractor money worth it? Who in their right mind would go to any muslim country??

  4. PaulMurrayCbr

    October 12, 2017 at 5:01 am

    BEt the guy whose hip he touched was a muslim. Under Islamic law, all nonbelivers are under a suspended death penalty simply for not being a muslim.

  5. Don_in_Odessa

    October 12, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Sharia is a virus in the civilized world of law. It is a savage legal system based on a religion. Better to clip it in the bud than let it spread. When religion is the law of the land and rules a society, oppression is always the result, no matter the religion.

  6. Andrew

    October 12, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Why do democrats support the middle east when they imprison and kill people that practice a liberal’s belief?

    • HT

      October 12, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Because they admire the totalitarian control that exists in those countries, something they would like to implement here to forcefully push their “progressive” agenda.

  7. G.A. 'Bear' Millsaps

    October 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    So it was a bar. And everyone, including the authorities, knows it is a bar. And he gets knicked for drinking alcohol? Alrighty, then…………………………..


    October 12, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    muslim shitbags at it again. time to end them, conquer them, appropriate their wealth… and redistribute it accordingly.

  9. gush

    October 12, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    That’s insane.

  10. Rabbit

    October 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I would not go to an Islamic country even if someone paid me to.

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