British kissing couple loses jail appeal in Dubai

Dubai's appeals court upholds one-month prison sentence against couple for kissing in public

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The British expats have been accused of kissing in a restaurant in the trendy Jumeirah Beach Residence neighbourhood.

Dubai: An intoxicated British couple, who kissed in public, will pay Dh1,000 fine, spend a month in jail and get deported after the Dubai Appeals Court found them guilty on Sunday.

Presiding Judge Aysar Fouad upheld the primary judgment and pronounced the 25-year-old British woman, a visitor, and the 24-year-old British man, who works in Dubai, guilty of public indecency and consuming alcohol. 

The British convicts had earlier pleaded not guilty and denied kissing in public, saying "it was a peck on the cheek". They admitted consuming liquor when they appeared in Appeals Court last month.

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Prosecutors had charged the British couple with kissing and touching each other intimately and having liquor.

The defendants are currently consulting with their lawyer Khalaf Al Hosani the legal grounds on whether to appeal Sunday's judgment before the Cassation Court.

An Emirati woman reported to the police that she spotted the couple kissing and touching at a restaurant in Jumeirah Beach Residence.