Month in jail for a 'peck on the cheek'
Sun, 04 Apr 2010 7:59p.m.
A Dubai appeals court has upheld a one-month prison sentence for a British couple convicted of kissing in a restaurant.
The two landed in court after an Emirati woman complained about the public kiss, which the couple insisted was just a peck on the cheek. They were arrested in November and convicted of inappropriate behaviour.
Cosmopolitan Dubai has the most relaxed social codes in the conservative Gulf, but authorities still crack down on people accused of pushing the limits.
In a similar case, an Indian couple was sentenced to three months in jail for exchanging steamy text messages. In 2008, two Britons accused of having sex on the beach got three months in jail, though their sentences were later suspended.
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6/04/2010 4:17:33 p.m.
What a joke, Dubai is a joke and for the record all of Islam is a joke. Jail time for a kiss on the cheek, how ridiculous is that. What will the Islam followers say when they die and are confronted by our Saviour Jesus Christ? Only then I believe will they finally realise that the religion of Islam is nothing more then an oppresive scam
6/04/2010 12:26:42 p.m.
Cyril, I agree. I have been wanting to visit Dubai but not now. I wouldn't want to kiss my husband on the cheek or hold his hand in fear of jail-time. I'd much rather spend the money to go somewhere else.
4/04/2010 11:17:35 p.m.
This will be good for there tourist trade. Most westerners will be to scared to go there in case they make a mistake and get locked up or worse.
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