Scottish man facing 3 years in jail for accidentally touching a man in a bar in Dubai
A 27 year old Scots man from Stirling, Jamie Harron is facing a three-year jail sentence in Dubai for reportedly putting his hand on a man in a bar by accident.
Harron said he was trying to avoid spilling his drink in Dubai’s crowded Rock Bottom Bar when the incident happened.
After Harron and his friend sat at a table that the man who had been touched seemed aggravated and reported the incident to the police.
Police arrived at the scene “20 to 30” minutes later and arrested Mr Harron, according to his representatives.
The charges he faces in connection with the incident are said to be twofold – drinking alcohol and public indecency.
He was locked up for five days in Al Barsha prison, before being released on bail, after having his passport confiscated. He has now been prevented from leaving the city in order to attend court.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was providing consular assistance to Harron on the matter.
The campaign group Detained in Dubai said Mr Harron was arrested for public indecency after touching the man on his hip.
Mr Harron, who worked as an electrician in Afghanistan and was on a two-day stopover in the United Arab Emirates, is said to have since lost his job and spent more than £30,000 in expenses and legal fees, since the incident on 15 July.
Radha Stirling, chief executive of Detained in Dubai, said: “It is quite outrageous that he has been held in the country for so long already.
“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.”
Ms Stirling added that following a conversation with Mr Harron, it was clear that he was under “immense pressure and stress”.
“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.”
Harron still remains in Dubai till date.