Dad raps em­bassy on Dubai jail son

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

The par­ents of a Scot fac­ing jail in Dubai for touch­ing a man on the hip yes­ter­day ac­cused the Bri­tish em­bassy of fail­ing him.

Gra­ham and Pa­tri­cia Har­ron say they have been liv­ing a night­mare since Jamie, 27, from Stir­ling, was ar­rested in July.

He was charged with drink­ing al­co­hol and pub­lic in­de­cency af­ter he touched the man as he tried to avoid spi l l ing his drink in a crowded bar.

He was bailed af­ter five days in a squalid jail but has been un­able to leave the Gulf state and has spent more than £ 32,000 in ex­penses and le­gal fees.

His lawyers have warned him he could be jailed for up to three years when he at­tends a hear­ing to­day.

But Gra­ham, 57, says em­bassy of f icials have been no help and is urg­ing tourists to avoid Dubai.

He said: “Jamie is a good boy – he has never been a prob­lem. We are a very close fam­ily and it is killing us to think of him spend­ing three nights in jail, let alone three years. We feel help­less.

“The em­bassy have not done any­thing to help and seem to think it’s ab­so­lutely fine for Bri­tish na­tion­als to be abused in this way.

“Peo­ple have to stop vis­it­ing that coun­try.”

Elec­tri­cian Jamie had stopped over in Dubai to visit friends on his way back to work in Afghanistan.

He sa id : “This has bro­ken me, f inan­cial ly and emo­tion­ally. I can­not be­lieve I am fac­ing th­ese al­le­ga­tions.”


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