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Two expatriates in Dubai have lost their appeal against allegations they had sex in the back of a taxi cab in the emirate.
Rebecca Blake, a British recruitment executive, and Irishman Connor McRedmond have had their two-month jail terms and 2,000 dirham (£355) upheld by the Cassation Court, reports The National.
The pair had originally been handed three-month sentences and fines of 3,000 dirhams by the Misdemeanours Court, but when they took their case to the Appeals Court it was reduced to the slightly more lenient penalty.
Not content with this they took the matter to the highest court with jurisdiction in Dubai, but will still have to serve out their sentences.
Once they are released from jail they will be deported back to their home countries.
Ms Blake and Mr McRedmond insist that they had not had sex in the taxi when they were arrested on May 4th last year.
The taxi driver took them to a police patrol on Sheikh Zayed Road and the head of the patrol later testified that he had seen the couple in the back of the cab without their underwear.
They admitted to have been drinking alcohol, but denied the charge of consensual sex and maintain that the driver made up the story due to a disagreement over the route he was taking.
Their lawyer Shaker Al Shummari said: “[The Irishman] had an argument with the driver because he was taking a longer route to get extra money.”
He went on to say that Mr McRedmond had threatened to report the driver over the behaviour, which was when he pulled up alongside the police patrol and told officers the pair were having sex.
The driver said in court that Ms Blake had tried to bribe him into not reporting the sexual activity.
Sharia Law applies in Dubai, making passionate kissing and touching in public illegal. Any expats moving to the country should ensure they know all of the local laws to avoid getting into trouble.
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