Two Britons who fornicated on a Dubai beach could face longer jail terms after prosecutors appealed the sentence.
Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors were convicted at Dubai's Court of First Instance earlier this month. They were sentenced to three months behind bars, fined 1,000 dirhams – £155 – and issued with deportation orders.
Hassan Matter, who represents Palmer and Acors, said prosecutors have now lodged an appeal against the sentence, saying it was not enough.
Mr Matter said the prosecution appeal would be heard on November 18 – at the same time as the defence argument. Last week, Mr Matter lodged an appeal against the convictions.
Following the convictions of Palmer and Acors, on October 16, senior persecutor Faisal Abdelmalek Ahli said he was disappointed at the length of the sentence: It's very light. It's normal for a sentence to be six months to a year for an
offence such as this.
Vince Acors has been re-arrested as he prepared to board a flight back to Britain, his lawyer said.
He was detained at Dubai Airport and returned to jail as his flight confirmation was allegedly not in order.
His lawyer Andrew Crossley said tonight: The return of Vince Acors has been delayed yet again and he will not be returning to the UK tomorrow. The situation is close to becoming farcical and Vince is severely disappointed.
He added: After having booked and confirmed his return flight on three separate occasions through the course of the day Vince was re-arrested at Dubai Airport, as his flight confirmation was allegedly not in order. He has been returned to
jail, his precise return is now unknown.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office have updated their travel advice to Dubai to reflect the recent jailing of the Brits caught kissing on the beach:
Women should dress in a modest way, particularly in Sharjah and Ajman Emirates where Islamic law is rigorously enforced. Clothes should cover the tops of the arms and legs, and underwear should not be visible.
Public displays of affection are frowned upon, and there have been several arrests for kissing in public. Sex outside of marriage is illegal, and problems will be encountered if an unmarried woman gives birth in the UAE. These problems can range
from a refusal to issue a birth certificate to arrest and imprisonment. A marriage certificate has to be provided to the UAE authorities to obtain a birth certificate. Cohabitation, adultery and homosexual behaviour are also illegal.
Swearing or making rude gestures is considered an obscene act and offenders can be prosecuted. It has been known for offenders to receive a six-month jail sentence for such an act. Particular caution should be exercised when dealing with the
police and other officials.
A 25-year-old Dubai hotel employee was sentenced to six months in jail and ordered deported after having sex with a guest, becoming pregnant and aborting the pregnancy, the United Arab Emirates-based National reported.
The woman - a non muslim native of South Africa identified only as MB - was arrested after doctors snitched her up to police after she checked into a Sharjah hospital hemorrhaging from an abortion.
She was charged with committing zina - the Sharia law offence of sex outside marriage - in addition to aborting a four-month-old fetus.
MB could have faced a maximum penalty of five years in prison and 100 lashes, although a prior National article says that the UAE hasn't allowed the lashing of non-Muslims since 2006.
According to the paper, the woman told the Sharjah Criminal Court of First Instance that she'd met an American guest at the unidentified Dubai hotel where she worked and he invited her out one night. They had sex and never saw each other again.
A British woman locked up in Dubai after being caught in bed with a banker told of her relief as she was released on bail.
Danielle Spencer has been languishing in custody for the past 30 days after allegedly falling foul of the Gulf state's repressive morality laws.
She had been caught spending the night with a man after police were alerted after an attack by an angry spurned girlfriend. All three were arrested.
Since her arrest last month she had been sharing a mattress in an overcrowded underground holding cell in Bur Dubai with her love rival.
The amorous couple were arrested for sex outside marriage, a criminal offence in the United Arab Emirates. No charges have been brought. It is expected they will be brought before a prosecutor in the next few weeks.
A hotel worker was jailed in the UAE after reporting she had been raped by fellow employees. She spent eight months in prison for adultery and drinking without a permit.
The 29-year-old woman says she was drugged and raped by work colleagues at the hotel in the Emirate of Fujairah in 2008.
She contacted her consulate for help, and says she received no warning from the Australian officials about the dangers of making a complaint.
After reporting the incident to police, she was imprisoned until her pardon in March 2009. She was imprisoned as it is illegal to have sexual relations outside marriage in the UAE even when raped.
The woman is now suing her country's government for allegedly giving her bad advice when she was in trouble abroad. The complainant says Australian consular officials failed to warn her that she could be jailed for adultery if she reported the
The complainant is also suing her employers at the hotel, alleging they failed to protect her.