Dad raps embassy on Dubai jail son
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.”