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    British couple jailed in Dubai for kissing in public


    Dubai kissing Britons lose appeal

    A British man and woman jailed in Dubai for kissing in public have lost their appeal against their conviction.


    Ayman Najafi, 24, and Charlotte Adams, 25, were sentenced to a month in prison with subsequent deportation and fined about £200 for drinking alcohol.

    The pair were arrested in November after a local woman accused them of breaking the country's decency laws by kissing on the mouth in a restaurant. Najafi said he was "very disappointed". The pair plan to make a second appeal.

    The initial complaint against them was made by a 38-year-old woman who said she was offended by their behaviour at the Jumeirah Beach Residence, where she was dining with her daughter.

    'Very harsh'


    The pair's defence lawyers said the woman - who did not appear in court - had not seen the kiss herself, but had been told by her two-year-old child that the girl had seen them kissing.

    Dubai looks very Western with its gleaming apartment blocks and super modern shopping malls. The Western façade can, however, lull the unsuspecting visitor into believing that it is also a liberal society.
    And that appears to be primarily why Western visitors have recently fallen foul of the law there.
    Scratch the modern surface and you discover a conservative Muslim culture, arguably far more so than many others in the Middle East.

    Consumption of alcohol is restricted to a small number of places, mainly for Western visitors and expatriates.
    Although there is no strict separation of the sexes as in neighbouring Saudi Arabia, the boundaries for what you can and cannot do in public can be tricky, especially for outsiders. While an unmarried Western couple can share a room in a hotel - or even live together - they are expected to observe local custom when outside their home.

    So sentencing a couple for having kissed in public may be shocking for Western public opinion, but will most likely be applauded in conservative Arab societies, especially where there is a perception that Westerners are often expected to be given a preferential treatment.

    The defendants also claimed they had merely kissed each other on the cheek, and therefore had not broken any laws.
    The BBC's Ben Thompson, at the court, said the judge spoke entirely in Arabic as he quickly dismissed the appeal, saying he upheld the previous sentence. They were fined 1,000 dirhams, which is about £200. They now have 30 days to appeal.
    It was left to the defence lawyer to explain the verdict to Najafi and Adams.

    Najafi said after the case: "It's very harsh, based on contradictory evidence. The courts haven't called on any of our witnesses who are prepared to testify that this didn't happen."
    His mother, Maida Najafi, told the BBC her son had grown up in the UK and was used to common British greetings.
    "Maybe they think he should know better because he's from a Muslim family but Ayman grew up in this country, and that's the normal greeting... in this country," she said.

    The pair decided not to start their sentence immediately, but the Dubai authorities are holding their passports so they are unable to return to Britain.

    Professor John Strawson, an expert in Islamic law, told BBC Radio 5 Live he was not surprised by the judge's decision.
    He said: "The problem in this particular case is that one of the British citizens is of Muslim origin.
    "And I think that the combination of the alleged kissing and the consumption of alcohol in an illegal place, meant that this was a case that the authorities really wanted to pursue, and they are probably sticking to their rigid interpretation of the law."
    Professor Strawson said the Dubai authorities often turned a blind eye to foreigners' behaviour, because of the high income that comes from tourists. But he said Dubai had recently issued new explanations tightening up their laws.

    'Cultural differences'


    The Foreign Office advises Britons going to Dubai, which is part of the United Arab Emirates, to be wary of breaching local customs.
    A statement on its travel advice website reads: "Britons can find themselves facing charges relating to cultural differences, such as using bad language, rude gestures or public displays of affection."

    Najafi, from north London, had been working for marketing firm Hay Group in Dubai for about 18 months.

    The case is the latest in a series of incidents over recent years in which foreigners have broken Dubai's strict decency laws.
    In March, an Indian couple in their 40s were sentenced to three months in jail in Dubai after sending each other sexually explicit text messages.
    In 2008, two Britons accused of having sex on a beach in Dubai were sentenced to three months in jail, though the sentences were later suspended.

    To hear more of the interview with Maida Najafi tune in to John Pienaar on BBC Radio 5 live's Weekend News at 2100 BST on Sunday.


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    Published: 2010/04/04 16:42:38 GMT

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    screw dubai....do they read peoples text messages?? wow

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    Makes Thailand look like quite a wild place, well apart from shagging on the beaches that is.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsRobsLife
    The case is the latest in a series of incidents over recent years in which foreigners have broken Dubai's strict decency laws.
    Sure is - yawn...

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    It would be about ten years for having a blow job in public then, no wonder so many of them come over here to soi 3, just for the shopping of course.

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    If there was a lot of movement in the groin area then i could understand but a kiss is just a kiss . I think their thinking is perverted and that they should be banned from entering the west. Outragious to put them in jail. Unbelievable. Do these muthers get offended when they come to the west and see a couple giving each other a kiss. They're fukking mad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid
    I think their thinking is perverted
    They think you thinking their thinking is perverse is an attack on Islam and you'll get jailed/flogged/stoned... (They're fukking mad)

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy dog View Post
    It would be about ten years for having a blow job in public then, no wonder so many of them come over here to soi 3, just for the shopping of course.
    These pathetic & 'programmed' people are so predictably boring. I hope all tourists from other countries refuse to enter such a prison until such time it is no longer a prison i.e. all these draconian laws are repealled.

    God, I hate religion!!!

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    ^ i agree that people should avoid spending money in these countries, but that won't happen.

    I am no fan of religion either but these things, fear of kissing or phisycal affection in public are not really based on religion but on customs........
    of cours it is ok to shag each other up the ass and come to thailand for lady boys ass long ass you dont consider yourself gay.........

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    some other barmy jails terms which i followed from the links there.

    Keith Brown and his wife had been on their way from London to Ethiopia when they were stopped and searched at Dubai airport.
    At first customs officers found nothing, but then a roll-up cigarette was spotted caught in the tread of his shoe.

    The 43-year-old, from Middlesex, was charged with possession of 0.003g of cannabis and was sentenced to four years in prison.
    that's less than a grain of sugar!

    British resident Cat Le-Huy was arrested in Dubai for carrying Melatonin jet-lag tablets, which are sold over the counter in the US and Dubai.

    Mr Le-Huy told BBC News he was forced to sign a document in Arabic and was refused a translator.

    He said once the tablets were proved to be Melatonin, police took what he described as dirt from his bag and said they were now testing it to see if it was cannabis.

    Speaking from inside the prison, he said he knew nothing of any drugs in his bag.
    Tracy Wilkinson was held in custody for eight weeks before customs officers accepted the codeine she was carrying had been prescribed by her doctor for back pains.

    Mrs Wilkinson was accused of self-administering the banned opiate - in Dubai it is legal to take codeine only if it has been prescribed.

    now that is just pathetic!


    Meanwhile, a Swiss national is serving a four-year jail term after three poppy seeds from a bread roll he ate at Heathrow airport were found on his clothes.
    i'm not even going to bother to explain that. four years for that?

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    The pair's defence lawyers said the woman - who did not appear in court - had not seen the kiss herself, but had been told by her two-year-old child that the girl had seen them kissing.
    WTF....

    I ain't ever going there, never ever.

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    I have lived and worked in Dubai in the past. Their laws are draconian, and you can do anything you want behind closed doors, just don,t upset the locals.

    There are no whore houses as such, however there are many hotel bars like the York Hotel,Panorama Hotel and the Astoria which are filled with Chinese, Russian,Kazakh and Ethiopian players or whores whatever you want to call them. You will also find the locals participating with the whores as well as the Westerners.

    As I said you can do anything as long as its behind closed doors and not in public.
    "Don,t f*ck with the baldies*

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    Dubai is built on money-laundering and home to some of the worst crooks in the world. Seems their "morality" is rather selective.

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    And above all TD appears to be blocked if you try to access it in the airport!!!

    An evil infidel site we are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    Dubai is built on money-laundering and home to some of the worst crooks in the world. Seems their "morality" is rather selective.
    Sounds like Thailand

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    Quote Originally Posted by crippen
    And above all TD appears to be blocked if you try to access it in the airport!!!
    Thats pretty funny, I just tried to find a proxy server in UAE to test it, and I couldn't find one, must be the only country in the world that nobody bothers wanting a proxy from






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    They are geographically challenged as well... try looking up the International Dialling Code for Israel in the phone book......

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    Yes and they can shut down UAE internet servers ina heart beat.
    I was in Dubai when the Dubai Dry Dock gates collapsed, they closed the internet so there was no news on this catastrophic failure. The reports said 11 dead, one of my friends was working on one of the tankers in the Dry Dock at the time, he said it was more like 80 dead.

    Like Thailand its the land of the cover up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsRobsLife View Post

    In March, an Indian couple in their 40s were sentenced to three months in jail in X

    Did anyone else think WTF ?

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    Yeah that is fokked up. How do they get the info for starters, and what if you were working there and sent something saucy to your other half back home..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WujouMao
    Tracy Wilkinson was held in custody for eight weeks before customs officers accepted the codeine she was carrying had been prescribed by her doctor for back pains. Mrs Wilkinson was accused of self-administering the banned opiate - in Dubai it is legal to take codeine only if it has been prescribed.
    That is scary. I had a blister pack of codeine tablets in my handbag when I went through Dubai airport en route to BKK recently, and on the return journey.

    As for the kissing case - how were they found guilty when the only person that saw them kiss was a 2 year old child? Is the testimony of a 2 year old that reliable when it comes to reporting the actions of others uninvolved with her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Mac
    no slaping the misses arse then (in public anyway)
    :banhim1:

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