Pair jailed for alleged Dubai taxi intimate tryst
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—A Dubai court has sentenced an Irish man and British woman to three months in jail for an intimate tryst in the back of a taxi.
The sentence Thursday is the latest case of Westerners running afoul of the social codes in the United Arab Emirates, which maintains strict laws on sex-related issues although it often turns a blind eye.
Prosecutors accused the pair of removing some clothing and fondling each other in a cab in May. They denied the charges and accused the taxi driver of fabricating the story after a fare dispute.
The judge says the pair will be deported after serving their sentences, which they can appeal.
In 2008, a British couple received a three-month sentence after being charged with having sex on a Dubai beach.