Posts Tagged ‘Prison’

British woman faces 6 yrs. in a Dubai prison for having sex on a public beach.

July 12, 2008

And some of you thought the U.S. was a bit prudish….don’t even think of having sex before marriage in Dubai. Jail time could result….where sex may then result also, although probably not the consensual sort.

A British businesswoman is facing six years in a foreign jail after she was allegedly caught having drunken sex on a beach in Dubai.

Michelle Palmer, manager of a publishing firm, was arrested after a police officer reportedly found her and a British holidaymaker in a compromising position on Jumeirah Beach in the Arab state.

The 30-year-old is thought to have been charged with having sex outside marriage – considered an offence in Dubai – as well as indecent behaviour in public, being drunk in public, and assaulting a police officer.

Miss Palmer told the Sun that she fears she will be ‘made an example of’ under the strict laws of a country where even mild public displays of affection are frowned upon.

She faces and her fellow accused face a sentence of between three months and six years in jail in the state, one of seven that makes up the United Arab Emirates.

She told the newspaper: “Because this is known everywhere they’re going to make an example of us and we’re going to get a higher sentence.

“We are in so much trouble and my family and everybody are affected. Until someone is in this situation they could never know what it’s like. It’s bad – it’s so, so bad.

“They are being pushed into a corner to make an example of us. I’m panicking – my mum is on anti-depressants. I can’t say anything else. I’ve got to go.”

Miss Palmer, is said to been drinking champagne during a brunch with colleagues last Friday before agreeing to go for a walk on the beach with a friend of a colleague.

When the pair were allegedly found having sex by a policeman, he is said to have let them off with a caution. However, later, after the couple were discovered in the same position, they were arrested, and Miss Palmer is said to have beSourcecome aggressive.

The exclusive residential area, which boasts a number of luxury hotels, is popular with Western expatriates. Although alcohol is available to non-Muslims in hotel bars, it is an offence to drink or be drunk in public.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Two British nationals were arrested in Dubai. The case is currently under investigation.”

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Weekly Mugshot Round-up from The Smoking Gun

June 14, 2008

With a few good dads for Father’s Day. Great mugshots as usual. Say cheese!

Prison life ain’t so bad

June 5, 2008

Well…if you’re a big drug kingpin that is.

from Reuters.com

TV’s, Guns, Fridges-prisoner had it all
“RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – With a plasma TV, a DVD player, $172,000 in cash, gym equipment, two refrigerators and a couple of guns, Genilson Lino da Silva had everything he needed for a luxurious life — in his Brazilian prison cell.

It came to an end on Monday when his cell, which also contained a king-sized bed, was raided in a police operation against drug traffickers in the northern city of Salvador.

“He was alone in all that comfort. It wasn’t very big but the other cells had several prisoners in them,” a spokesman for Bahian state authorities said on Tuesday.

Officials said Da Silva, also known by his nickname “Leg,” was serving time as the biggest drug trafficker in Bahia state. He was reported as saying the money in his cell was from old robberies and gambling in prison.

“We will investigate if the leaders of the prison were conniving in this,” Paulo Gomes, a state prosecutor, told reporters.

He said he was not surprised that kidnappings, murders, and drug trafficking were being directed from inside the jail. “The surprise was finding 280,000 reais ($172,000) inside a cell.”

(Reporting by Julio Villaverde; writing by Stuart Grudgings; editing by Todd Benson)