The legal case against the Brit who touched man’s hip in Dubai is dropped

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The man who was jailed after an incident in one of the Dubai bars has been cleared of all charges as the UAE PM intervened. Jamie Harron, a 27-year-old electrician from Stirling, was sentenced to months in prison for public indecency after he touched another man in a bar not to spill a drink. Just last week Harron was sentenced to three months behind bars, his father Graham said then: “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 3 nights in jail, let alone 3 years.” But the negative coverage in media and the non-profit support groups’ help led to the case being dropped. Gay sex is illegal for men and women in the United Arab Emirates under section 354 of the federation’s legal code. Punishment can include deportation, chemical castrations, fines and prison time. While the legal code mentions the death penalty, it has not been implemented for same-sex relations in the country.

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