Dubai jails British pair for kissing

Ayman Najafi and Charlotte Lewis lose appeal against conviction for kissing in a restaurant in Dubai

Published on The Guardian.co.uk, by Adam Gabbatt, April 4, 2010.

Two Britons were jailed in Dubai today after losing their appeal against a conviction for kissing in a restaurant.

Ayman Najafi, 24, and Charlotte Lewis, 25, were arrested in November and accused of kissing, touching each other intimately and consuming alcohol. The pair – who are not a couple – insist they merely kissed each other on the cheek as a greeting.

In March they were sentenced to a month in jail followed by deportation, after a 38-year-old mother complained that her child had seen the pair being intimate. She said she was offended by their behaviour at the Jumeirah Beach Residence, where she was dining with her daughter.

Najafi and Lewis were bailed pending the outcome of today’s hearing, where their appeal was rejected. Najafi, who has lived in Dubai for 18 months, and Lewis were also fined 1,000 dirhams (£178) for illegal consumption of alcohol … (full text).

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