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Sex on the beach saga is over
Finally. The Britons' jail terms have been suspended, and the Dubai courts have ordered them to leave immediately.
November 25, 2008 1:05 by kippreport
Dubai’s appeals court has freed Michelle Palmer, 37, and Vince Acors, 34, who have been on bail since their conviction in October. But they’ve also been ordered to leave the UAE immediately.
Both Palmer and Acors were not present at the court house today, but their lawyer, Hassan Matar was there on their behalf.
When the case first broke, media coverage across Europe and Asia highlighted the cultural contradictions that exist in Dubai, which include hosting free-flowing alcohol at Friday brunches, the holiest day of the week for Muslims.
The pair was arrested in July for allegedly having sex on the beach, which Palmer and Acors both denied. They admitted to being under the influence of alcohol and of kissing and hugging in public. Tests taken only hours after their arrest in July showed Palmer had not engaged in any sexual activity, while Acors’ results were inconclusive.
Their arrests in July sparked widespread media coverage of the case, which may have led to Palmer losing her job as a sales executive at ITP, the Middle East’s largest publishing house.
In October, the pair was found guilty of having sex in a public area and sentenced to three months in jail, and ordered to pay an AED1000 fine each.
The UAE has strict laws concerning public displays of affection. If arrested and charged, offenders face up to six years in jail.
Palmer and Acors met at a boozy brunch at a five-star hotel in Dubai. Later that evening, they were caught by an officer getting frisky on Jumeirah beach on July 9. –DB