Today Jamie Harron was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment for accidentally brushing the hip of an Arab customer at the Rock Bottom bar in Dubai. Key witnesses to the incident were not called upon to testify to discredit the allegations brought by Emad Tabaza, the Managing Director of Neuman & Esser. Jamie will appeal the verdict, though this will prolong his increasingly difficult circumstances in Dubai, and compound the enormous financial losses he has suffered as a consequence of the ongoing case.
Jamie is yet to be sentenced to two other charges stemming from the case; that of consuming alcohol, and for allegedly making a rude gesture against Mr Tabaza. He was previously sentenced to 30 days in prison for failing to appear at a court hearing the date of which he had not been notified of in advance. He has already spent several months stranded in the UAE over this case, lost his job, and is in danger of losing his home as he struggles to pay legal expenses.
Though the German company that employs Mr Tabaza, Neuman & Esser, claims that Tabaza sought to dismiss the case in August, there is no documentation to support this, and Mr Tabaza has never appeared in court to request a dismissal. Indeed, Neuman & Esser issued an aggressive statement reiterating the allegations against Jamie and appear unusually interested in seeing the young Scotsman jailed in the UAE’s notorious prison system; although there is a deafening public outcry against the case.