Man who brought Dubai in­de­cency case drops his com­plaint

The Scotsman - - Features - By ELLIE FORBES

A busi­ness­man who claimed that a Scot in­de­cently touched him in a bar in Dubai has dropped his com­plaint, it emerged yes­ter­day, but the coun­try’s pros­e­cu­tors are still pur­su­ing the case.

Jamie Har­ron, 27, from Stir­ling, has been stripped of his pass­port and faces a three­year sen­tence over al­le­ga­tions he touched a Ger­man busi­ness­man’s hip in a bar in the UAE.

Emad Tabaza called the po­lice and claimed Mr Har­ron had been “very drunk” and “re­peat­edly” touched him dur­ing the in­ci­dent in July.

It has now emerged that the Ger­man busi­ness­man dropped the com­plaint af­ter re­al­is­ing the pun­ish­ment Mr Har­ron is fac­ing but pros­e­cu­tors did not drop the case.

Mr Tabaza, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of global tech­nol­ogy firm Neu­man & Esser, is said to have re­ceived death threats fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

Mr Har­ron has al­ready been sen­tenced to a month in prison and fined 2,000 dirhams (£412) for drink­ing and mak­ing a rude ges­ture.

He is due to be sen­tenced on an­other charge of pub­lic in­de­cency, in which he claims to have touched Mr Tabaza’s hip to avoid spilling his drink.

Mr Har­ron will ap­pear in court on 22 Oc­to­ber and could face three years in prison if found guilty.

A spokesman for Neu­man & Esser con­firmed Mr Tabaza has dropped the com­plaint. In a state­ment is­sued on be­half of the busi­ness­man, he said: “With a cer­tain dis­tance from the in­ci­dent and the pun­ish­ment to be ex­pected for the sus­pect, our em­ployee de­cided to with­draw the com­plaint de­spiteth­e­ha­rass­men­thav­ing 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.”

Mr Har­ron claims to have placed his hand on Mr Tabaza’s hip in a crowded bar to stop his drink be­ing spilled. But Mr Tabaza has given a dif­fer­ent ac­count of the in­ci­dent.

The com­pany spokesman said: “Dur­ing a pri­vate visit to a club in Dubai, one of our em­ploy­ees was touched by the sus­pect on the thigh sev­eral times. Our em­ployee em­phat­i­cally, but po­litely, re­quested the clearly drunk sus­pect to re­frain from this.”

Radha Stir­ling, head of the De­tained In Dubai or­gan­i­sa­tion, who is lead­ing the cam­paign to as­sist Mr Har­ron, de­scribed the state­ment as an “ex­er­cise in pub­lic re­la­tions”.

Mr Har­ron has spent more than £32,000 in ex­penses and le­gal fees try­ing to re­solve the mat­ter, lost his job, and has also been stripped of his doc­u­ments.

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