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21 year old Brit faces jail in Dubai just for witnessing punch up in hotel bar

Submitted by: Odio @ 05:17 PM | Friday, December 1, 2017 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)

A British woman could go to jail for a Dubai bar fight she wasnt even in. The row broke out between her friends and a drunk Swedish man, but it is Asa Hutchinson who is facing prison time because she lives in the UAE.
The 21-year-old, who originally hails from Chelmsford in Essex, claims that she was not even present when the fisticuffs broke out between the drunken 50-year-old man and her friends.

The group were leaving Dusty's bar and restaurant in the Dubai International Financial Centre district when the fight broke out. Hutchinsons pals had been taking photos with the intoxicated man, a technology company executive, who was passed out on a couch. He woke up during the impromptu photoshoot and started swinging.
Hutchinson claims she returned to the lobby upon hearing the commotion, but was not involved in the fracas.

The drunken Swede complained to police that the boys had taken his photo without consent and had been rude, both of which are against the law in Dubai. Hutchinsons friends paid a cash deposit to police to get their passports returned to them, which they promptly used to flee the country.

Hutchinson has been arrested in their stead, charged with assault and theft after the 50-year-olds reading glasses went missing in the commotion. Hutchinson could face up to six months in prison over the incident.

Although the drunken man was the one throwing punches, the first person to lodge a complaint with police is the one most likely to be believed in the eyes of Dubais legal system.

It is so unfair. I was not involved. I just happened to be there, but the police are not interested in anything I have to say, Hutchinson said. Once the man made his complaint, it was taken as fact. I cant go to jail, I couldnt cope.

Hutchinsons father, Iain, told the Times that the Swedish man that came out swinging should be the one languishing in jail. This older guy was the one hitting everyone he is picking on my young daughter, he said.

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