Brit jailed for giving airport worker ‘the finger’ in Dubai

November 12th, 2010 - 2:27 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 12 (ANI): A 34-year-old Brit has been given a two-month jail term after he gave an airport worker “the finger” in Dubai.

Paul Anthony, who works for United Nations, was arrested minutes after stepping off the plane in the strict Muslim emirate.

He reportedly got into a row with a female airport employee when she refused to let him use a customer services desk phone.

A Dubai court heard he ‘cursed’ the Muslim woman in front of colleagues then thrust his middle finger in her face as he passed through border controls.

Consequently, she called cops, who arrested Anthony, 34 and he was convicted of indecency and insulting the employee - named in court as Maryam - at a previous hearing.

Anthony pleaded not guilty and launched an appeal yesterday.

Court sources said he was locked up for three days then bailed after the first hearing and faces a month awaiting an appeal against a two-month jail term and deportation order.

“Brits have often fallen foul of decency laws but no one’s been arrested this quickly,” the Sun quoted a Dubai Court source as saying. (ANI)

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