Bri­ton’s Dubai prison threat – for touch­ing a man’s hip

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A BRI­TISH man is fac­ing three years in a Dubai jail for touch­ing a man’s hip as he tried to avoid spilling his drink in a crowded bar.

Jamie Har­ron, 27, said a ‘cul­tural mis­un­der­stand­ing’ had left him stranded in the United Arab Emi­rates since July – job­less and in debt af­ter spend­ing more than £32,000 in ex­penses and legal fees.

The electrician, from Stir­ling, was in Dubai on a two-day stopover as he headed back to work in Afghanistan. He is be­ing held on charges of drink­ing al­co­hol and pub­lic in­de­cency and his fam­ily are grow­ing in­creas­ingly wor­ried af­ter he was re­leased on bail but had his pass­port seized.

Mr Har­ron’s ordeal be­gan when he had a drink with friends at the Rock Bot­tom Bar – a pop­u­lar venue in Dubai’s Te­com area – and put his hand on a man’s hip to en­sure they did not bump and spill drinks.

Po­lice ar­rested Mr Har­ron, who says he was jailed with no idea of the of­fence. A pros­e­cu­tor later told him it was ‘pub­lic in­de­cency’.

Mr Har­ron said: ‘I am re­ally stunned that it has gone this far.’ Since the ar­rest, he has been sacked and is re­ly­ing on friends’ char­ity for ac­com­mo­da­tion. The For­eign Of­fice said: ‘We are pro­vid­ing con­sular as­sis­tance.’

LOST JOB: Jamie Har­ron re­lax­ing in Dubai be­fore his ar­rest

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