Hamdan British tried for gay sex

An Emirati nicknamed Hamdan British who is accused of committing lewd acts with men went on trial yesterday.

The accused, MS, 22, was brought to Dubai Criminal Court separately from other defendants under special guard. He denied five charges.

He is accused of practicing lewdness with men and allowing another man – who is currently facing trial at Dubai Misdemeanour Court – to perform a sex act on him.

In addition, he is charged with creating obscene photos of himself and distributing them on the internet, wearing women's clothes and insulting Islamic rituals.

Defence lawyer Jassim Al Naqbi called for the trial to be held in secret and asked to hear the testimony of two prosecution witnesses, both policemen. Dubai Police arrested MS at Dubai International Airport on July 20 as he was about to fly to London accompanied by another person.

The trial was adjourned until January 20, and the defendant will remain in custody until then. The public prosecution was instructed to ask the two police witnesses to appear at the session.

If found guilty the defendant could face up to six years in jail and a fine of Dh15,000.

 

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