An Irish man and a British woman were accused of engaging in sexual affairs while riding in a taxi on the streets of Dubai. They have been given three-month sentence in prison as well as deportation from the country.
A Dubai court punished that pair for breaching the decency laws of the United Arab Emirates. The pair was accused of involving in sexual activities inside a taxi in Dubai but they denied doing any such act. They strongly refused the charges of violation of honor with consent and committing a licentious act. Their lawyer expressed his dissatisfaction over the decision and confirmed to appeal the verdict.
Shaker al-Shammary, the defense lawyer, said that the judgment was taken in haste and was incongruous with law and the rules of evidence.
The incident is the recent one in which Westerners have been found violating the decency laws of the UAE. The verdict is a clear evidence of the UAE’s struggle in keeping a balance between its Muslim identity and its recognition as a vibrant tourist spot, especially to the Westerners.