Jamie Harron, a Scottish tourist in Dubai will be facing jail after touching a man’s hip.
He was in Dubai during a stopover on a business trip to Afghanistan.
Harron’s lawyers say he brushed against the man in order to avoid spilling his drinks at the popular Rock Bottom Bar.
Unexpected Law Breaking
He was charged with drinking alcohol and public indecency, and is due in court again in a couple of weeks’ time, although an exact date has not yet been announced.
In a press release, the Scot said the ordeal had left him “broken financially and emotionally”.
“The whole thing is like a horrible dream and I just don’t know when it is going to end. I thought it would be over by now but it feels like it will never be,”
Harron’s father said:
“[My wife] and I have not been able to relax for a moment. We never dreamed we would have to face something like this.
“We can’t believe that this nightmare has gone on for three months. Jamie is a good boy. He has never been a problem and never in trouble.
“We are a very close family and it is killing us to think of him spending even three nights in jail, let alone three years.”
He also attacked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for promoting tourism to the region, saying: “People have to stop visiting that country.
“Since Jamie was arrested, I have researched and found that this is more common than any of us think.”
“It is unacceptable the FCO actually promotes the United Arab Emirates to British tourists.”
Some of the country’s laws include, purchasing a license to drink, prohibition of kissing, dancing and swearing in public places.