Brit jailed in Dubai for touching a man’s hip in a crowded bar is freed

Jamie Harron has been freed from a Dubai jail after being given a three-month sentence (PA)

The Briton sentenced to three months in a Dubai jail for touching a man’s hip in a crowded bar has reportedly been freed.

Jamie Harron has been given his passport back after he was sentenced on Sunday, according to the 27-year-old’s representatives.

Ruler of the emirate Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum made a special order for cases against Mr Harron to be dismissed.

Mr Harron was arrested after he touched a man’s hip in a crowded bar (PA)

Mr Harron, from Stirling, Scotland, was arrested in July over the incident in which he said he put his hand on a man’s hip to avoid spilling a drink in a crowded bar.

Campaign group Detained in Dubai (DiD) said he was sentenced to three months imprisonment at court on Sunday, but has now had his passport returned.

Radha Stirling, CEO of DiD, said: “We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Sheikh Mohammed for his personal intervention in this case, and for exonerating Jamie at long last.

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“This was a courageous and honourable decision on the part of Sheikh Mohammed, and while it highlights the urgent need for judicial reform in the country, it is also a hopeful sign that the United Arab Emirate’s leadership possesses the will and vision to pursue such reforms in the future.”

Mr Harron had been working in Afghanistan and was on a two-day stopover in the United Arab Emirates at the time of the incident.

After his arrest for public indecency, he lost his job and was told he could have faced up to three years in jail.

The 27-year-old has had the cases against him dropped (PA)
Mr Harron had been working in Afghanistan and was on a two-day stopover in the United Arab Emirates at the time of the incident (PA)

He had already been sentenced in absentia to 30 days in prison for failing to appear at a court hearing for making a rude gesture and drinking alcohol during the same July incident.

In relation to the alleged public indecency charge, Mr Harron is said to have been holding a drink, moving through a crowded bar and held a hand in front of him to avoid spilling it on himself or others. He then ”touched a man on his hip to avoid impact”.

He was initially jailed for five days and then released on bail with his passport confiscated.

Police in Dubai are said to have called Mr Harron on Monday morning, telling him the cases against him had been dismissed and he could collect his passport.

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