A British man, Jamie Harron (27) has been sentenced to three months in prison in Dubai for touching a man’s hip inside a bar.
He was arrested on suspicion of public indecency after placing his hand on businessman Emad Tabaza in a bar in the United Arab Emirates in July.
The Scottish electrician – who was only supposed to be in Dubai for two days – has already spent five days in prison and had his passport confiscated.
He has lost his job, and in the past three months has built up £30,000 in legal fees and expenses. Mr Harron insists he only touched the man to avoid spilling drinks in the crowded bar.
But Mr Tabaza called the police and claimed Jamie had been “very drunk” and “repeatedly” touched him during the incident in July.
It has now emerged that the businessman dropped the complaint after realising the punishment Mr Harron is facing but prosecutors are still taking the case forward, the Daily Record reported .
A campaign group called Detained in Dubai (DiD) said he was sentenced to three months imprisonment at court on Sunday but lawyers plan to appeal. The group said Harron is “angry, disappointed, and dreads what may happen next”.
He is not currently in custody while the appeal is considered, DiD chief executive Radha Stirling said. 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.