Jail Me So I Can Get on with My Life Says Dubai Kiss Girl; British Tourist Gives Up Appeal against 30-Day Sentence for Indecency

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Jail Me So I Can Get on with My Life Says Dubai Kiss Girl; British Tourist Gives Up Appeal against 30-Day Sentence for Indecency


Byline: From Arthur Martin in Dubai

A BRITISH woman convicted of indecency for kissing a man in Dubai demanded to be jailed immediately yesterday so she can 'get on with her life'.

Estate agent Charlotte Adams spoke after she and Ayman Najafi, 24, lost their appeal against a onemonth prison sentence.

They were allegedly seen passionately kissing and fondling each other in a restaurant - a breach of Dubai's strict public decency laws.

The pair maintain the embrace was only a 'peck on the cheek'.

Laws in the Gulf state allow them one more appeal , but it could take at least two months.

Miss Adams, 26, who has been forced to stay in Dubai since arriving for a two-week holiday in November, burst into tears after the judge rejected their appeal.

Speaking outside the courtroom, she said: 'I want to go to jail straight away. I can't get on with my life at the moment. I'm stuck in this country with no money and I can't work.

'If I appeal and turn up to court in two months time and the verdict is still the same then I would have wasted more of my life.

'I just want to serve my 30 days and get out of here. Ayman can appeal but I just want the 30 days.'

Miss Adams, from North London, spent most of the brief hearing - all in Arabic - sending text messages on her mobile phone.

Judge Aycer Foad - renowned in Middle East legal circles for his tough approach - quickly dismissed the appeal.

Miss Adams and Mr Najafi, a management consultant from Palmers Green, North London, were arrested at a busy burger restaurant last November after a 38-year-old local woman claimed she saw them kissing on the lips and stroking each other's backs at 2am.

She said she was offended by their behaviour in Bob's Easy Diner at the Jumeirah Beach Residence, where she was eating with her daughter. According to police reports the Emirati woman said: 'The couple were kissing and touching in a disgusting way and even some people passing by kept watching their bad behaviour.'

A source at the Dubai Courts told the Daily Mail: 'We are sure that they committed an indecent act in public in front of the people. The evidence was enough for us.'

At a previous hearing a judge dis-missed Mr Najafi's claim that he had merely kissed Miss Adams on the cheek.

He sentenced both to a month in jail and said they would be deported upon release.

They were also fined [pounds sterling]180 for being under the influence of alcohol in a public place.

Their lawyer Khalaf al-Hosani confirmed last night that Mr Najafi, who has been working in Dubai for marketing firm Hay Group for the past 18 months, wanted to appeal.

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