Touching man's hip in Dubai bar

UK tourist faces three years in prison

-A Monitor Report 1 Nov, 2017  |    -      +
Dubai : A British man is facing up to three years in a prison after touching a man's hip while on a night out in the Emirati city.

Scottish electrician Jamie Harron, 27, was arrested for public indecency while on holiday in Dubai.

While in the Rock Bottom bar, he put his hand out to stop himself spilling a drink and inadvertently touched a local man's hip, according to Harron's representatives.

Harron has reportedly lost his job and spent upwards of £30,000 (US$39,000) in expenses and legal fees since he was first arrested in the country three months ago.

"It is quite outrageous that he has been held in the country for so long already," Radha Stirling, Chief Executive, NGO Detained in Dubai, said. "This is another example of how vulnerable tourists are to arrest and detention in and at how drawn out and disorganised legal proceedings are."

Harron's arrest is the latest in a "shocking trend in sudden arrests" and "false detentions" in the UAE.

"What is scary about these arrests, is that they happen utterly out of the blue, without warning, and without the individuals involved having any idea that they are being sought. Anyone who has had business or financial dealings in the UAE could be at risk," Stirling said.

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