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Dubai: Scottish man jailed for public gay sex to be released

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  1. He should never have been imprisoned int he first place – this law is inhumane.

    Hope he can find a job somewhere safer than the UAE now he is released!

    1. CommonSense 15 Jun 2012, 1:16pm

      You have seen the headline “Scottish man jailed for PUBLIC gay sex to be release”. Why should he not have been imprisoned it’s in public, people in the UK can be imprisoned for flashing there gentiles and be placed on the sex offenders list if the do it in public.

      1. Haha gentiles!

        Anyway, more often they’re fined or the jail sentences aren’t as ridiculous as THREE YEARS.

      2. Indecent exposure is an offence in the UK.

        Strictly speaking sexual activity, in itself, is not per se a crime in England and Wales.

        Do, try to get your facts, right

      3. does this mean that everybody but those of the Jewish faith should be locked up. Good by to the bishops and priests then!

    2. Spanner1960 16 Jun 2012, 3:32pm

      I agree we may find the charges wrong, but the guy knew the law. When in Rome and all that. It’s like these Westerners caught smuggling drugs in Malaysia and Thailand can face execution – brutal sentencing in many people’s eyes, but if you don’t want to end up in jail, don’t commit the crime, or better still, don’t go to those countries with those rules. That’s just the way it is.

      1. I dont think there is anything incongruous with finding the law that has been enforced morally wrong and inhumane and having the view that if one was in that country, one would seek to act in a manner that was unlikely to be either provocative or cause ones conduct to be brought into question. As much as we might disagree fervently with the laws in question, one is still expected to behave within those laws.

  2. Thi Middle East is just too scary for GLBT people. I don’t know why people even visit there much less work there. In spite f the wealth and glitz, they are third world countries still living in Midevil times. No job is worth your life.

  3. I’m so angry with the media over this. For one, nobody, not even PinkNews, checked their facts in the beginning.

    And even yesterday, a local newsapaper, the Evening Express, is still reporting him as having being jailed for gay sex acts.
    http://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/Article.aspx/2811687

    I can only imagine how humiliating this is for him.

  4. That’s good news for Paul Brandt, I’m sure he’ll be glad to get out of Dubai!

    1. GingerlyColors 15 Jun 2012, 8:00pm

      He won’t be the only one!

  5. Dangermouse 15 Jun 2012, 2:22pm

    Well A lesson to gay people. Dont go to the middle east, if you do you can expect this sort of treatment.

    1. Or, if you HAVE to go due to a business trip that your employers insist you go on or a flight is routed with a transit stop through Dubai etc – then be advised about the risks and do not put yourself in a position where you might find yourself compromised.

      1. GingerlyColors 15 Jun 2012, 8:49pm

        Your employer is responsible for your safety and that doesn’t mean putting you on a plane to a homophobic hellhole like Dubai. You should be protected by legislation ranging from the Health & Safety At Work Act 1974 to more recent laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBT employees.

        1. Health and Safety at Work Act certainly does not apply to work trips in this manner – whether you think that appropaite or not.

      2. Exactly – no matter what your view is of these archaiac laws, they are still the local laws. If you go somewhere with such laws then respect them or potentially face the consequences.

    2. I was in Dubai for almost all of February and the last thing that entered my mind was showing any type of behavior that could be interpreted as homosexual. I am gay but it was very easy for me to remember where I was and what their thoughts are on people like me and the negative outcome if even accused of public displays of affection. My trip was to visit a straight friend working there and it was fun nonetheless. It’s better to conform sometimes than to reap the consequenses if you visit an area like this.

    3. Spanner1960 16 Jun 2012, 3:36pm

      What utter CRAP!
      UAE is actually very acomodating to Westerners,particularly when compared to the likes of Saudi Arabia, or God forbid, Iran & Iraq.
      I am gay and due to return to Dubai for business in the next few months and I have no problems with it at all. One simply follows the laws, and you will be fine.
      One can even be arrested for being drunk in public, so messing about sexually is a no-no, and anything gay is totally off-limits.
      If you can’t follow those rules, and lack such basic self-control, better to stay at home.

  6. GingerlyColors 15 Jun 2012, 7:59pm

    My advice to Paul Brandt is to get out of that hole called Dubai as fast as possible and don’t look back. Petty Concorde isn’t flying anymore.
    Next time you want to go abroad, Mr. Brandt, how about Copenhagen.

  7. Why should he not have been imprisoned it’s in public, people in the UK can be imprisoned for flashing there gentiles and be placed on the sex offenders list if the do it in public

    Does this mean that everybody but those of the Jewish faith should by locked up if so it’s goodbye to the priests and bishops

    1. Do you know that he exposed himself?

      Sex in public is not an offence per se in the UK

    2. @Penfold, if you’re going to include a quote in your post it’s best to put it in italics or between inverted commas.

      But yes, the thought of flashing gentiles – specially in that Muslim country – has a surreal quality.

  8. HE WAS IS MY REGISTRATION TEACHER. Wow that really is something.

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