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Another Brit faces jail in Dubai
Simon Andrews, 56, could be sent down for six months for ‘flicking the finger’ at an Iraqi student.
March 30, 2010 1:03 by kippreport
Yet another British citizen is facing jail time in Dubai – this time for allegedly making an ‘obscene’ gesture.
Simon Andrews, 56, is accused of “flicking the finger” at an Iraqi aviation student called Mahmud Rasheed.
The British man faces six months in jail in Dubai if found guilty, according to a report in in the The Sun newspaper.
Andrews allegedly made the gesture after losing his temper during a heated row with Rasheed. The Iraqi complained to police who immediately arrested Simon for public indecency, banning Andrews from leaving the country.
Andrews reportedly protested his innocence before a judge in a hearing that took place on Sunday. The case was adjourned until April 4.
The news follows a string of incidents of British tourists and expats being arrested in Dubai. One of the most high-profile cases was the ‘sex on the beach’ couple Vince Acors and Michelle Palmer, who were accused of having intercourse on the emirate’s Jumeirah Beach.