Ger­man: I dropped touch­ing com­plaint against Dubai Scot

Busi­ness­man with­drew al­le­ga­tion over sever­ity of pun­ish­ment - but pros­e­cu­tors went ahead any­way

Daily Record - - NEWS - ELLIE FORBES re­porters@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

DUBAI pros­e­cu­tors are press­ing ahead with a pub­lic in­de­cency case against a Scot – de­spite the busi­ness­man who made the claim drop­ping the com­plaint.

Jamie Har­ron, 27, has been stripped of his pass­port and faces three years in jail over al­le­ga­tions that he touched Emad Tabaza’s thigh in a bar.

The Scot says he only touched his hip to avoid spilling his drink.

It has emerged that Tabaza, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of tech­nol­ogy firm Neu­man & Esser Gulf, dropped the com­plaint af­ter con­sid­er­ing the pun­ish­ment Har­ron could face.

Pros­e­cu­tors are tak­ing the case for­ward – but Har­ron hopes Tabaza’s in­ter­ven­tion may per­suade them to drop the charges.

Tabaza is said to have re­ceived death threats fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

In a state­ment is­sued on be­half of the Ger­man busi­ness­man, a spokesman for Neu­man & Esser said: “With a cer­tain dis­tance from the in­ci­dent and the pun­ish­ment to be ex­pected for the sus­pect, our em­ployee de­cided to with­draw the com­plaint, de­spite the ha­rass­ment hav­ing been con­firmed by sev­eral wit­nesses.

“How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the laws for the coun­try, this does not au­to­mat­i­cally re­sult in the ter­mi­na­tion of the pro­ceed­ings.”

The com­pany spokesman said Tabaza called po­lice af­ter he was touched on the thigh sev­eral times. The busi­ness­man claimed the Scot was “clearly drunk” and ag­gres­sive.

The spokesman added: “Af­ter the po­lice ar­rived, the sus­pect re­peated the process sev­eral times (touch­ing our em­ployee’s thigh) in front of both po­lice of­fi­cers and ex­plained that such con­duct is com­mon­place in Europe.” In a sep­a­rate charge, Har­ron, from Stir­ling, has al­ready been sen­tenced to a month in prison and fined 2000 dirhams (£412) for drink­ing and mak­ing a rude ges­ture.

He is on bail and due to ap­pear in court in Dubai on the pub­lic in­de­cency charge on Oc­to­ber 22.

Radha Stir­ling, of De­tained In Dubai, who are lead­ing a cam­paign to help Har­ron, said yes­ter­day: “Jamie is quite hope­ful he will get back now but we won’t hear back un­til the hear­ing on Oc­to­ber 22.

“The case has prompted 80 mes­sages an hour of sup­port and has even prompted calls for a boy­cott of the UAE over its treat­ment of ex­pats and tourists.

“It is clear to all par­ties that this got blown out of pro­por­tion.”

The al­leged in­ci­dent hap­pened when Har­ron, an elec­tri­cian, was in Dubai on a two-day stopover be­fore fly­ing back to work in Afghanistan in July.

ON BAIL Jamie Har­ron

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