Not so liberal and modern after all.
By Bassam Za'za, Senior Reporter
Published: October 16, 2008, 09:16
Dubai: Two Britons, who were accused of having sex on a Dubai beach, have been sentenced to three months in jail by the Dubai Court of Misdemeanours on Thursday.
V.A., A British man who was visiting the emirate at the time of the incident, and M.P., a British female resident of Dubai were also fined Dh1,000 and will be deported after serving their jail terms.
Hasan Mattar, defence lawyer for the pair, said they would be appealing against the ruling.
The pair were charged with engaging in sexual activity in public, committing an indecent gesture in public and consuming alcohol after they were caught on a public beach in Jumeirah, Dubai, on July 5, 2008.
During the trial Mattar said: "The Public Prosecution failed to produce corroborative evidence against my clients concerning having consensual sex and committing indecent gestures in public.