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10/27/2020

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Britons sentenced to a month in prison for kissing in public in Dubai

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Britons sentenced to a month in prison for kissing in public in Dubai

A British marketing consultant and his close female friend have been sentenced to a month in prison in Dubai for “kissing each other on the cheek” as a greeting in a restaurant.

Ayman Najafi, 24, who lives in Dubai, and Charlotte Adams, 25, an estate agent from North London, were reported to police by a fellow diner who claimed their display of affection had been offensive and indecent.

They were arrested and sentenced to a month in prison after which they were told they would be deported.

But the pair told a hearing at the Dubai Appeal Court yesterday that they were the victims of a “huge misunderstanding” and had simply exchanged a friendly greeting.

“We kissed each other on the cheek as a greeting, nothing more,

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