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Dubai-- Brits jailed for sex in public

By enquirewithin, Oct 16, 2008 | Updated: Oct 16, 2008 | | |
  1. enquirewithin
    Great place for a holiday? I don't which is more stupid-- paying cash to go on holiday in such an oppressive place or getting drunk and having sex there!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7673046.stm
    Sex-on-beach trial Britons guilty

    A British man and woman have been sentenced to three months in jail in Dubai after being found guilty of having sex on a beach.
    Michelle Palmer, 36, of Oakham, Rutland, and Vince Acors, 34, of Bromley, south-east London, were arrested on 5 July.
    They were fined 1,000 dirhams (£160; $350) and will be deported after serving their sentences. Their lawyer says the pair is planning an appeal.

    Palmer and Acors had denied charges of public indecency and having unmarried sex but admitted consuming alcohol.

    They were not at Dubai's Court of First Instance to hear the ruling but had been ordered not to leave the emirate.

    Their defence lawyer Hassan Matter said the pair were upset but not surprised by the verdict. "They are not guilty but they were prepared for this," he said
    He said he was hopeful the verdict would be overturned. "I think I have a chance in the appeal court. I have 15 days to appeal. I have to find the reason why the judge gave three months."
    Acors and Palmer will remain on bail until their appeal is heard at the court. Senior prosecutor Faisal Abdelmalek Ahli said he was disappointed at the length of sentence.

    "I'm not happy," he said, speaking outside court. "It's very light. It's normal for a sentence to be six months to a year for an offence such as this."
    Mr Ahli said he expected Acors and Palmer to serve their full three-month term in a Dubai prison. "Sometimes people serve half their sentence, but this is so short I expect they will serve it all," he said.

    The pair were arrested on Jumeirah Beach hours after meeting at a champagne brunch at Dubai's five-star Le Meridien hotel.

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    How about getting 25 years for selling less than a gram of hash?

    28 year old Kenyan national serving a 25 year prison sentence in Dubai for selling 0.61g cannabis, worth £7

    http://www.fairtrials.net/index.php/cases/spotlight/sidhra_hassan_sheikh/

    September’s Spotlight features the case of Sidhra Hassan Sheikh, a 28 year old Kenyan national serving a 25 year prison sentence in Dubai for selling 0.61g cannabis, worth £7.
    Sidhra moved to Dubai in 2006 with her husband and 1 year old baby, after receiving a job offer from a French company.
    While in Dubai, Sidhra was prescribed strong anti-depressant medication. She suffered the side effects of these, including loss of memory and haziness.
    On 17 August 2007 Sidhra was arrested and charged with selling 0.61g cannabis, after a police informant reported her to the authorities. She was severely beaten by officers until almost unconscious and bleeding from the mouth and nose and was then interviewed without an Arabic interpreter and told to sign documents in Arabic without understanding what they said.
    Sidhra was eventually sentenced to 25 years imprisonment. An appeal has been made to the Supreme Court.
    Sidhra admits that she has used cannabis in private, but she does not sell it and has no previous convictions. She has no memory of selling the 0.61g and had no money on her person at the time of her arrest. Sidhra accepts that given her lack of recollection, she cannot exclude that she may have given this man the cannabis but a sentence of 25 years in prison is grossly excessive considering the amount involved.
    Her case is also in stark contrast to the way visitors to the Emirates found in possession of such quantities of cannabis, are dealt with. They are either simply deported, or arrested and sentenced to 4 years in prison but many are released on clemency after a few months.
    Sidra’s husband, father, mother and little sister in the UK are desperately worried about her. Her husband has taken their child to Mombasa, Kenya, to live with his grandmother. Her father, mother and sister remain in the UK, campaigning for Sidhra’s sentence to be reduced.
    Sidhra has already spent one year in prison and FTI believes that this is sufficient and in line with the sentences served by others convicted of similar drugs offences. She should be released without delay and allowed to return to her family.
    Our Concerns
    • Sidra was subjected to brutality at the hands of the police, yet nothing has been done to investigate her complaints.
    • The police interview was conducted in Arabic, a language that she does not understand. Furthermore, she was told to sign documents in Arabic without being told what they said.
    • A sentence of 25 years in prison in manifestly excessive considering the amount of cannabis involved, 0.61g, and its street value of £7.

Comments

  1. Lunar Loops
    Re: Dubai-- Brits jailed for sex and alchohol

    Horribly repressive country whose vulgar display of opulence attracts a certain 'class' of tourist. Their treatment of third world migrant workers is little short of slave labour. Unfortunately, SWILL has relatives who have lived and worked there who think it is a wonderful place and such sentences are to be applauded.

    By the way, what's the deal with the English couple admitting they'd taken alcohol? Why is this relevant? As far as SWILL was aware, it is not illegal for tourists to consume alcohol in hotel bars.

    Prison sentences for sex before marriage.....you can see the new breed of puritans rubbing their hands (and probably other parts behind closed doors) with glee.
  2. enquirewithin
    Re: Dubai-- Brits jailed for sex and alchohol

    It seems unclear. Probably they were trying to admit drunkenness as a lesser charge. This report says a bit more:

    http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Oct16/0,4670,MLDubaiIndecencyTrial,00.html

    Three months for a kiss? Better than 25 years for a few smokes!

    A day later the Independent clarifies:

  3. Expat98
    Re: Dubai-- Brits jailed for sex

    Here's another story. The only way the alcohol comes in is that they were fined for being drunk in a public place.

    Also note that an hour before they were arrested, a police officer had warned them that their public behavior was inappropriate in Dubai. Then he comes back an hour later and finds them having sex! Not smart!

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    Sex-on-beach trial Britons guilty

    BBC News
    Thursday, 16 October 2008

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    Vince Acors was in Dubai on holiday
    when he met Michelle Palmer


    A British man and woman have been sentenced to three months in jail in Dubai after being found guilty of having sex on a beach.

    Michelle Palmer, 36, of Oakham, Rutland, and Vince Acors, 34, of Bromley, south-east London, were arrested on 5 July.

    They were fined 1,000 dirhams (£160; $350) and will be deported after serving their sentences.

    Their lawyer says the pair will appeal against the verdict.

    A spokesman for the judge said Acors and Palmer would be jailed and then deported for the offences of unmarried sex and public indecency.

    He added that they had been fined for being drunk in a public place.

    "The sentence of three months is usual in these cases. We get many cases of this kind," he said.

    Acors and Palmer were not at Dubai's Court of First Instance to hear the ruling but had been ordered not to leave the emirate.

    'Not happy'

    Their defence lawyer Hassan Matter said the pair were upset but not surprised by the verdict.

    "They are not guilty but they were prepared for this," he said.

    He said he was hopeful the conviction would be overturned.

    "I think I have a chance in the appeal court. I have 15 days to appeal. I have to find the reason why the judge gave three months."

    Acors and Palmer will remain on bail until their appeal is heard at the court.

    Senior prosecutor Faisal Abdelmalek Ahli said he was disappointed at the length of sentence.

    "I'm not happy," he said, speaking outside court. "It's very light. It's normal for a sentence to be six months to a year for an offence such as this."

    Mr Ahli said he expected Acors and Palmer to serve their full three-month term in a Dubai prison.

    "Sometimes people serve half their sentence, but this is so short I expect they will serve it all," he said.

    'Kissing and hugging'

    The pair were arrested on Jumeirah Beach hours after meeting at a champagne brunch at Dubai's five-star Le Meridien hotel.

    A police officer told the court he had warned the pair about their inappropriate behaviour, but returned later to find them having sex on a sun lounger.

    Palmer, who was sacked from her job in Dubai as a publishing executive after her arrest, said in a statement she and Acors had been "just kissing and hugging".

    Mr Matter said witness statements, including one from the police officer, were "wrong" and medical examinations had proved Palmer had not had sex on the beach.

    Friends of Palmer say she has been admitted to hospital in recent weeks suffering from anxiety and depression.

    The case has turned the spotlight on the lifestyle of the 120,000 British residents of the United Arab Emirates.

    The BBC's Christian Fraser, in Dubai, says there have been concerns lately that tourists are ignoring the emirate's strict Islamic laws and that the outcome of this case will be a warning that such drunken behaviour will not be tolerated in public.

    Pauline Crowe, chief executive of UK charity Prisoners Abroad, said the case served as a timely reminder to people to be aware of local customs and laws because ignorance would not be accepted as a defence in court.

    She said: "As this case illustrates, what may seem like an innocent act or misdemeanour in the UK can often land people in serious trouble when abroad."

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7673046.stm
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