British suspect Jamie Harron jailed in Dubai for drinking

British man facing jail after touching man’s hip in Dubai bar jailed for drinking

British man facing jail after touching man’s hip in Dubai bar jailed for drinking

A British man facing a possible three-year jail sentence in Dubai over claims that he touched a man on the hip in a bar has in the meantime been sentenced to a month in jail for making a rude gesture and drinking alcohol.

A spokesman for prosecution service in Dubai said: "On the drinking charge, he has been sentenced to a month in jail, fined 2,000 dirhams (£412) and will be deported".

The campaign organisation Detained in Dubai (DiD) said Jamie Harron has been sentenced in absentia to 30 days in prison for the action and drinking alcohol.

"His next appearance on the public indecency case is on October 22".

In relation to the other charge, Harron is said to have been holding a drink, moving through a crowded bar, and holding a hand in front of him to avoid spilling it on himself or others.

Passengers in transit through the UAE under the influence of alcohol may also be arrested.

Mr Harron from Stirling, Scotland, admits he placed his hand on a man's hip in a bar so they did not bump and spill their drinks, apparently sparking a "cultural misunderstanding".

Mr Harron, who has been stuck in Dubai for three months, has lost his job and says he has spent more than £32,000 on legal fees and expenses.

Mr Harron, who worked as an electrician in Afghanistan, was on a two-day stopover in the United Arab Emirates at the time of the incident on 15 July.

Radha Stirling, chief executive of Detained in Dubai, said: "Jamie is relieved he wasn't arrested [at the latest hearing]".

She said a further court date was expected in about two weeks, although no firm date has yet been set and Mr Harron expects the court process to be "drawn out".

"The complainant in this case has no evidence of any crime being committed but Jamie has been stuck in the UAE for more than three months. It seems to be never-ending for him and he's frustrated", Stirling added.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was providing consular assistance on the matter.

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