Tourists fac­ing sex charges

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Three tourists are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated on sus­pi­cion of hav­ing sex out of wed­lock and con­sum­ing al­co­hol with­out a li­cence while on hol­i­day in Dubai, pros­e­cu­tion of­fi­cials said. The Bri­tish na­tion­als, a woman aged 25 and two men, aged 22 and 24, are cur­rently on bail while in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue into al­le­ga­tions that they en­gaged in group sex at a ho­tel in the city. The woman went to Al Bar­sha Police Sta­tion on Oc­to­ber 25, say­ing that she had been raped by the two men af­ter ac­com­pa­ny­ing them back to their ho­tel. But when ques­tioned, the two men, from Birm­ing­ham, said the sex was con­sen­sual. All three of the sus­pects had their pass­ports taken from them. The Dubai Police foren­sic lab is test­ing the sus­pects and ex­am­in­ing CCTV from the ho­tel. The trio have been iden­ti­fied by Bri­tish me­dia but can­not be named in the UAE un­less they are con­victed. According to re­ports, the woman was on a stopover in Dubai on her way to Aus­tralia af­ter sep­a­rat­ing from her hus­band. Pros­e­cu­tion said the lab’s ev­i­dence will be sub­mit­ted to them by De­cem­ber 8. Drink­ing al­co­hol with­out a li­cence is an of­fence, but a per­son would not be pros­e­cuted un­less they com­mit­ted an ag­gra­vat­ing of­fence, such sex out­side of wed­lock in this case. Un­til last month, the max­i­mum penalty for con­sum­ing al­co­hol with­out a li­cence was a Dhs2,000 fine and/or a month in jail in rare cases, if a judge deemed it nec­es­sary. This was raised to a max­i­mum Dhs10,000 fine and six months in jail, mean­ing the judge no longer has the dis­cre­tion not to jail the of­fender. The penalty for il­le­gal affair is a jail sen­tence of up to one year.

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