Was It Worth It?Posted: 26 November 2008
Back in September I posted about a British couple that got caught having sex on a beach in the UAE. And now a follow up.
A British couple convicted of having sex on a beach in Dubai have been freed and ordered deported to the UK after their three-month prison sentence was suspended.
The ruling, issued by Dubai’s court of appeal, marks a hard-fought victory for Michelle Palmer, 36, of Rutland, and Vince Acors, 34, of southeast London, who have been on bail since their July 5 arrest on Jumeirah Beach.
“This decision shows the law in the United Arab Emirates is just. Judges are not swayed by the media, they are swayed by the evidence,” he said.
Sources told The Times that the court’s climbdown from its original conviction stemmed from inconsistencies from the prosecution’s key witness, Ali Mohamed Yacoub – the police officer who arrested the couple after they’d spent the day drinking at a champagne brunch.
The court’s decision today marks a departure from the six years behind bars that the couple could have potentially faced for having sex outside marriage, public indecency and drunkenness.
Would not the price of a hooker been a lot cheaper and much safer?