Dubai ‘kissing couple’ lose appeal
Ayman Najafi, 24, and Charlotte Adams, 25, sentenced to a month in prison with subsequent deportation and fined for drinking alcohol.
April 4, 2010 9:45 by Ben Flanagan
A British couple accused of kissing in public in Dubai have lost their appeal against conviction.
Ayman Najafi, 24, and Charlotte Adams, 25, were sentenced to a month in prison with subsequent deportation and fined for drinking alcohol, the BBC reported today.
The two Brits were arrested in November 2009, after an Emirati woman claimed that her child had seen them kissing in a restaurant in the Jumeirah Beach Residence neighborhood in Dubai. Earlier this year it emerged that the pair had appealed against a one-month prison sentence for indecency. The charge was “committing a sexual act (by) kissing on the lips and touching,” lawyer Khalaf al-Hosani told AFP.
“There was no lip kissing. It was just a normal greeting that is not considered offensive,” al-Hosani told Reuters earlier this year.