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Russian woman put on trial in Dubai for drinking juice in public
Pravda ^ | 9/23/08

Posted on 09/24/2008 2:37:40 PM PDT by LibWhacker

A 28-year-old Russian female, who visited Dubai on a tourist visa, and a 30-year-old male citizen of Lebanon, a salesman in a local store, were put on trial for drinking juice in a public place in the daytime during Muslim fasting.

The police caught the two people red-handed at a gas station in Dubai, Emirat.ru reports with reference to Gulf News.

In accordance with the Federal Penal Code of the United Arab Emirates, a public intake of food and beverages during daytime hours of the month of Ramadan is forbidden by Article 313. The article stipulates the punishment in the form of either a monetary penalty – up to 2,000 dirhems ($555) – or even a term of up to one month in prison.

The young people told the court that they were not Muslims and were thus unaware of the fact that their actions could be punishable.

The court took the mitigating circumstances into consideration, but found the defendants guilty, since ignorance did not exclude responsibility. The court ruled that the young people must pay the fine of 1,000 dirhems ($278) each.

The case became the first one in Dubai in violation of Article 313 since the beginning of the month of Ramadan on September 1.

Thousands of foreigners from Europe and Asia reside in the emirate of Dubai, the major tourist center of the Persian Gulf . Dubai is known as a relatively liberal region in comparison with other territories of the UAE. Tourists can be seen in the streets wearing shorts, whereas alcoholic beverages can often be available in bars and hotels.

This year, however, the authorities intend to remind all residents and guests of the emirate that they are staying on the territory of a Muslim country. There have been quite a number of incidents recently when the local police in plain clothes arrested women sunbathing topless, nudists and other violators of public order.

Many tourists acknowledge that that they do not always understand how they should behave in Dubai.

Guide-books advise tourists should always carry their IDs, or better their copies, with them for the majority of police officers wear plain clothes and can be rather meticulous in their inspections.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arrested; drinking; dubai; fasting; juice; orange; russian; tourism; trial; woman

1 posted on 09/24/2008 2:37:41 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
Medieval savages, from Mad Mo until today.
2 posted on 09/24/2008 2:39:06 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: LibWhacker

and people visit muslim country’s because........


3 posted on 09/24/2008 2:40:51 PM PDT by Kimmers (Liberalism: Where fun goes to die)
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To: LibWhacker

Was she a Muslim?

It states she was a tourist so perhaps she didn’t know about this craziness?


4 posted on 09/24/2008 2:41:40 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: LibWhacker
A 28-year-old Russian female, who visited Dubai on a tourist visa, and a 30-year-old male citizen of Lebanon, a salesman in a local store, were put on trial for drinking juice in a public place in the daytime during Muslim fasting.

This kind of nonsense ensures that Dubai's hopes of becoming a world-class tourist attraction will always fall short - and the oil's going to be running out there before too long.
5 posted on 09/24/2008 2:41:42 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Travis McGee
Hey Dubai...eat this! :)


6 posted on 09/24/2008 2:42:03 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: LibWhacker
Dubai's conspicuous consumption should be put on trial.
7 posted on 09/24/2008 2:44:07 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts ( "The carnage of the free love generation has come home to roost.")
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To: catbertz

Oops, the mullah caught me.
8 posted on 09/24/2008 2:44:13 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

This year, however, the authorities intend to remind all residents and guests of the emirate that they are staying on the territory of a Muslim country.

Sorry, you can’t check your thirst at the door. Now that’s what I call “hospitality”!!


9 posted on 09/24/2008 2:46:02 PM PDT by Melinda
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To: Melinda

Perhaps she can claim that as a traveler she is technically on caravan and therefore exempt from the fasting requirements?


10 posted on 09/24/2008 2:48:30 PM PDT by null and void (Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.-F. de La Rochefoucauld)
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To: LibWhacker

She might get out of it, if she notes that when she peed she wasn’t facing Mecca.


11 posted on 09/24/2008 2:48:37 PM PDT by Defiant (Pacifism and Socialism: Death and Taxes, just lots more of it.)
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To: nmh

I think the rule is you can’t eat in public during fasting, whether you’re muslim or not.

Don’t for the life of me know why anyone would visit a muslim country except to kick a** as part of a serious military butt-kicking deployment.


12 posted on 09/24/2008 2:49:19 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
lol! I prefer Cheetos when I travel to muslim countries.

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13 posted on 09/24/2008 2:50:22 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: LibWhacker

Well this story should increase the tourism they are hoping to attract, hah.


14 posted on 09/24/2008 2:50:39 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: null and void

“Perhaps she can claim that as a traveler she is technically on caravan and therefore exempt from the fasting requirements?”

And to that they shall reply “Let them be camels!”


15 posted on 09/24/2008 2:51:16 PM PDT by Melinda
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To: Melinda

So my Beach BBQ and Beer bust in Dubai is OFF?????


16 posted on 09/24/2008 2:53:32 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Melinda
Apparently, this "hospitality" isn't just in Muslim countries:

Ramadan in Brussels

17 posted on 09/24/2008 2:54:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Travis McGee

Can’t believe someone whose islamic background is very nebulous and uncertain actually has a good chance of becoming our next President. Have I died and gone to Hell?


18 posted on 09/24/2008 2:55:07 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Travis McGee

We need more of this Trojan Horse in our own country /s


19 posted on 09/24/2008 2:59:12 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: LibWhacker
I wonder if people are allowed to drink water. It's pretty hot there.

ML/NJ

20 posted on 09/24/2008 2:59:42 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: LibWhacker

More than likely a russian hooker..Dubai has been swamped with them for several yrs now. oddly they just seem to dissapear......


21 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01:23 PM PDT by rrrod
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To: Travis McGee

coming soon to an english town


22 posted on 09/24/2008 3:51:03 PM PDT by machogirl
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To: LibWhacker

So what if someone is a diabetic or has medical needs and needs to drink? too bad? or does the koran address this? /s


23 posted on 09/24/2008 3:52:21 PM PDT by machogirl
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To: LibWhacker

Gotta send that judge a case of pork rinds.


24 posted on 09/24/2008 4:19:47 PM PDT by tbpiper (Obama/Biden: Instead of Ebony and Ivory, we have Arrogance and Insolence.)
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