Com­pany de­fends man over ‘in­de­cency’ claims

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Chris Marzella

A Ger­man com­pany which em­ploys the man who made al­le­ga­tions against Jamie Har­ron have de­fended the Jor­da­nian.

Ac­cuser Emad Tabaza is manag­ing direc­tor of Neu­man and Esser, a cor­po­ra­tion pro­duc­ing ma­chin­ery for other com­pa­nies within the oil and gas in­dus­try.

He ac­cused the 27-year old elec­tri­cian of public in­de­cency after touch­ing him to avoid bump­ing in to him in a bar.

In a state­ment, the com­pany al­leged Mr Har­ron was drunk at the time of the in­ci­dent and the main in­sti­ga­tor.

They also claim that the bar was not crowded at the time of the in­ci­dent and that Mr Har­ron acted in­de­cently, re­peat­edly touch the man on the thigh, in front of po­lice.

The state­ment adds: “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 typ­i­cal laws for the coun­try, this does not au­to­mat­i­cally re­sult in the ter­mi­na­tion of the pro­ceed­ings.

“If se­cu­rity had in­ter­vened cor­rectly or the sus­pect had not be­haved in­cor­rectly – this com­plaint would never have arisen.”

Radha Stir­ling , chief ex­ec­u­tive of cam­paign group De­tained in Dubai, who has been help­ing Mr Har­ron, said:“It’s sur­pris­ing that they would take such a po­si­tion, con­sid­er­ing their em­ployee has al­ready sought to drop the charges in this case.

“It’s clear to all par­ties that this got blown out of pro­por­tion and it’s only the Dubai Public Pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice that is in­sist­ing on pur­su­ing it as a crim­i­nal mat­ter.

“Neu­mann and Esser would be bet­ter ad­vised to sup­port a de-es­ca­la­tion of this dis­pute rather than dig their heels in on a mat­ter which both sides ap­pear to want dis­missed.”

Mr Har­ron de­nies public in­de­cency.

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