Lesbian couple jailed for kissing on public beach in Dubai
The Dubai Court of Appeal has found a lesbian couple guilty of kissing on a public beach.
The Appeal Court upheld the one-month jail sentence for the women, a 30-year-old Lebanese national and a 36-year-old Bulgarian who both pleaded not guilty.
The Dubai Public Prosecution charged the women with kissing, groping each other and indecent acts in public - the first case of its kind in the country.
Dubai Courts: The women were charged with kissing, groping each other and indecent acts in public - the first case of its kind in the country
They will be deported after serving their jail terms.
The couple were initially found guilty in April, three months before a similar incident between a pair of British tourists.
In July Vince Acors, 34, and Michelle Palmer, 36, were arrested for having sex on a beach at the Burj Al Arab Hotel.
They are both due to appear before Dubai’s Court of First Instance this week.
But the one month jail term handed down to the lesbian couple may give Mr Acors and Miss Palmers some hope given homosexuality is illegal in the United Arab Emirates.
Police reports state that the two women were seen being intimate with each other at Al Mamzar public beach.
Witnesses called police saying they saw everything.
'The Lebanese woman was lying on top of the Bulgarian and the two were cuddling and kissing each other in front of us,' a witness said in the official records.
'I called the police because it was indecent especially as there were some families around.'
Facing jail: Vince Acors and fellow Briton Michelle Palmer allegedly had sex on a beach in Dubai
Senior prosecutor Faisal Abdelmalek Ahli in the 'sex on beach' Britons case said Mr Acors and Miss Palmer were likely to be jailed for between six months and year if found guilty, as well as being fined and deported.
Prosecutors said witnesses saw the couple cuddling for about 10 minutes on Jumeirah Beach before a police officer arrived at about 1am.
They had met earlier at a champagne brunch at the Le Meridien Hotel, close to Dubai Airport.
One of the witnesses, a 21-year-old Palestinian man, said: ‘I was with my friends on the beach when I saw the couple get out of a taxi and start kissing each other.
‘The man lay on his back and she was on top of him. She took off her shirt and they started to have sex.’
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