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.