Dubai Scot jailed for three months for public indecency

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Jamie Harron was convicted of public indecency over the incident in a Dubai bar

A Scottish man has been sentenced to three months in jail for touching a man’s hip in a Dubai bar.

Jamie Harron, from Stirling, was arrested in July and charged with public indecency.

He claimed he had simply been trying to avoid spilling his drink when he touched the man.

The 27-year-old businessman had already been sentenced to a month in jail for drinking beer and still faces further court proceedings.

The businessman who made the complaint against Mr Harron later withdrew it, but prosecutors in Dubai continued with the case.

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Mr Harron was on a stopover break in the United Arab Emirates when the incident happened

News of the three-month sentence was released by campaign group Detained in Dubai, which has been supporting Mr Herron.

The group said lawyers acting for the Scot would appeal.

A statement from the group said: “Today Jamie Harron was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment for accidentally brushing the hip of an Arab customer at the Rock Bottom bar in Dubai.

“Key witnesses to the incident were not called upon to testify to discredit the allegations.

“Jamie will appeal the verdict, though this will prolong his increasingly difficult circumstances in Dubai, and compound the enormous financial losses he has suffered as a consequence of the ongoing case.”

Mr Harron, who worked as an electrician in Afghanistan, was on a two-day stopover in the United Arab Emirates at the time of the incident on 15 July.

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