An electrician is facing up to three years in prison for allegedly touching another man’s hip during a Dubai stopover.
Jamie Harron, from Stirling, was enjoying a night at the Rock Bottom Bar. As he was carrying his drinks, he supposedly brushed against another man.
Rather than treat it as an accident, the authorities accused Mr Harrison of public indecency and drinking alcohol. He was forced to appear in court on Sunday.
“This case has been brought to the attention of the UAE government, who we hope will intervene and stop the injustice,” said Radha Stirling, founder of Detained In Dubai.
“I have also been contacted by Jamie’s local MP, Stephen Kerr, who asked whether he should intervene, and we have requested he do so.”
Her group works to represent foreigners who fall afoul of the Gulf state’s legal system.
“More and more British nationals have written Dubai off as a possible holiday destination after several recent high profile arrests and we are inundated with more stories of legal abuse.”
Indeed, the 27-year-old may even be charged for failing to attend a hearing that he was not even made aware of.
“We are hoping to work with the UAE government to make improvements to make the country safer for tourists, expats and investors.”
Jamie said that the harrowing experience 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.”
According to Jamie’s family, not only has he been made jobless but the ordeal has already built up over £30,000 in legal fees and expenses.
“I’m up all night worrying about what is going to happen to Jamie in court,” his mum told Detained in Dubai. “There’s no chance of sleep.”
“Patricia and I have not been able to relax for a moment,” said his dad. “We never dreamed we would have to face something like this.
“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.
“People have to stop visiting that country. I think it is unacceptable that the FCO actually promotes the UAE to British tourists."