Monday, March 15, 2010
Straight Couple got court 1 month in prison for kissing in public !
A British couple was sentenced to one month in jail for kissing in a restaurant in Dubai. The situation came up last November when Ayman Najafi, 24, marketing consultant, and Charlotte Adams, 25, a real estate agent, are, according to witnesses, the touching and kissing passionately at a dinner with friends at a restaurant by the sea.
Najafi working in Dubai for 18 months and Adams was visiting the country. Despite the charges, the couple said in a hearing before the Court of Appeal of Dubai, being the victim of a big mistake.
The police have been called to the restaurant around 2 am by a woman who sat with the children, on a bedside table and claimed that the daughter has to be disturbed by statements sense of affection between Najafi and Adams. After the arrest the two were subject to alcohol testing, which proved positive.
At the hearing, the defense attorney, Hosany al Khalaf, said the couple admitted to have been kissed on the face, but denied any intention of breaking the law. What was not sufficient as it was eventually convicted and also had to pay a fine of 198 euros to be in a public place after having consumed alcohol - which is banned in Dubai.
The two ended up being released after paying a bail and awaiting the final verdict, which will be read on April 4.
The two Britons are not the first victims of the laws of Dubai. Last year, Michelle Palmer, 36, and Vince Acors, 34, were sentenced to three months in prison for having sex on the beaches of the country.