Tourists go free as sex case dropped

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Three tourists ac­cused of en­gag­ing in group sex while drunk will not face charges, Dubai Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion has said. The trio were de­tained and had their pass­ports con­fis­cated af­ter the woman, 25, told po­lice she had been raped by two fel­low Brits, aged 22 and 24, at their ho­tel. The men said the act was con­sen­sual and all three later faced charges that they had sex out of wed­lock and drank with­out a li­cence. Last night, Dubai Me­dia Of­fice pub­lished a state­ment from pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion say­ing it had de­cided “not to pro­ceed with le­gal pro­ceed­ings”. It said the act “hap­pened with the con­sent of the three par­ties in ques­tion”. It added: “A video ob­tained from the mo­bile phone of one of the sus­pects de­tail­ing the act was a key ev­i­dence that sup­ported this con­clu­sion.” The case re­ceived ex­ten­sion cov­er­age in Bri­tish press. The Dubai Me­dia Of­fice state­ment added: “Dubai’s le­gal sys­tem takes re­ports of all crimes very se­ri­ously, in­clud­ing and es­pe­cially vi­o­lence against women and con­ducts thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions of all in­ci­dents.”

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