Dubai Jails Tourists for Kissing

British pair get month for indecency
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2010 2:53 AM CDT
Updated Mar 15, 2010 6:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – A British couple have been sentenced to a month in prison in Dubai after a local woman complained when they kissed in a beachfront restaurant. "We kissed each other on the cheek as a greeting, nothing more,” Ayman Najafi, 24, told the Dubai Appeal Court yesterday. He called the case a "huge misunderstanding." Police were called to Bob's Easy Diner by an Emirati woman who said her daughters were upset because the two "were kissing on the mouth."

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Najafi and Charlotte Adams, 25, were also fined $140 for being in a public place after consuming alcohol. The two have been released on bail pending a decision in their appeal. It's not the first time tourists have run afoul of Dubai's prohibitions. Two other British tourists were sentenced last year to 3 months in prison last year for having sex on the beach. (Read more Dubai stories.)

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