Tourist faces six months’ jail time in Dubai for middle finger gesture

Jamil Mukadam says he flashed the sign, deemed a public obscenity in the United Arab Emirates, at a raging motorist while driving a hire car. The Brit tourist now faces six months in jail. .

The 23-year-old flew home to Leicester in February but was arrested and put in a cell on returning to Dubai this month. Jamil was bailed, yet can’t leave the country ahead of his court hearing as cops confiscated his passport. .

The IT worker is now in a £60-a-night hotel awai­ting a court hearing where he faces up to six months in jail or a huge fine. Jamil told the UK Sun “I was driving to the airport with my wife and this guy was up behind me flashing his lights.

I pulled over and they were screaming at me. I stuck my finger up, drove off and thought nothing of it. But when I came back to Dubai and through passport control there was a loud beeping sound and, within seconds, I was surrounded by police.

I was two days in a cell with 172 others including a murderer and rapist. I had no bed, blanket or food. Now I can’t leave my hotel because I don’t have my passport and I’ll run out of money by the end of the week.”