Jamie Harron Sentenced To One Month In Dubai Jail For Drinking Alcohol

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A British man facing an accusation that he "indecently touched" a businessman in a bar in Dubai has been sentenced to a month in prison for drinking alcohol.

Jamie Harron, 27, is facing a possible three-year sentence after allegedly touching the man's hip in a bar.

A spokesman for prosecutors in Dubai said: "On the drinking charge, he has been sentenced to a month in jail, fined 2000 dirhams (£412) and will be deported".

Mr Harron will appear in court over the public indecency charge on 22 October.

The electrician was not arrested but was told to remain in the city for future court hearings. The legal age for drinking alcohol is 18 in Abu Dhabi (although a Ministry of Tourism by-law allows hotels to serve alcohol only to those over 21), and 21 in Dubai and the Northern Emirates (except Sharjah, where drinking alcohol is illegal).

Passengers in transit through the UAE under the influence of alcohol may also be arrested.

Mr Harron has admitted that he placed his hand on a man's hip to ensure that they would not bump into each other and spill their drinks.

Detained in Dubai said he was then locked up for five days in Al Barsha prison, before being released after bail with his passport confiscated. He has additionally spent more than £30,000 in costs and lawful charges, having just been stuck there for three months.

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, stated: 'It is very over the top that he has been held in the nation for so long as of now'.

Ms Stirling said Mr Harron's legal team will appeal the sentence.

She said a further court date was expected in about two weeks, although no firm date has yet been set and Mr Harron expects the court process to be "drawn out".

"He's concerned. He's already been there three months. It seems to be never-ending for him and he's frustrated", Stirling added.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: "We have been in contact with a British man following his arrest in Dubai in July".

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