Tourists facing sex charges
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.