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Western pair get three months in prison for sex in Dubai taxi

Published on Nov 22, 2012 5:21 PM

DUBAI (REUTERS) - A British woman and an Irish man accused of engaging in sexual activities in a Dubai taxi were sentenced on Thursday to three months in prison and then deportation, their lawyer said.

The case is the latest in which Westerners have fallen foul of the United Arab Emirates' decency laws, highlighting cultural differences as the UAE seeks a balance between maintaining its Muslim identity and catering for a vibrant tourism industry.

Rebecca Blake and Conor McRedmond both denied charges of "breach of honour with consent" and committing "an indecent act in a taxi" when they appeared in court last month. They also pleaded guilty to a third charge related to consumption of alcohol in public.

"The court sentenced them to jail for three months and deportation, in addition to a fine of 3,000 dirhams (S$1,000) each," their lawyer Shaker al-Shammary told Reuters.

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