This post follows on from the Sheikh's Belt Story. What Perfect and Convenient Timing! What Balance we now have, involving the United Arab Emirates.
Why Balance? Firstly we have the guilty judgement of Sheikh Falah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, (brother of the UAE President) in Switzerland for inflicting "bodily harm with the use of a dangerous object" on Silvano Orsi, an Italian/American citizen. Secondly, we have the indecent acts in a public place of Michelle Palmer (MP) and Vince Acors (VA) (British Citizens) in Dubai, UAE and a claim that Michelle Palmer shouted at the arresting officer and attempted to attack him with her stiletto heel.
Convenient Fiction or Fact?
According to media reports, both MP and VA were warned by a policeman but were arrested when their behaviour continued. If they genuinely crossed civilized boundaries, they should be duly punished, just like the Sheikh.
Most people in western countries know without even having to visit DUBAI and the Middle East, what sort of laws and boundaries are likely to exist there. Switzerland also has its own established Laws and boundaries to civilized behaviour in public places.
Sources of Information in The Media
Firstly, Brother of UAE president sentenced for attack - Jul 1, 2008 http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hWgnhfj-Vbaf_KqeyinRPx1u5vEA
Secondly, Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors...........'Sex on beach' row Briton sorry - UK Press Association - 15 July 2008 http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5hP1M4NIMF_BZvBW8650oeW8EbJvA
Briton held in Dubai 'has only got herself to blame' says police commander - Daily Mail - 14 July 2008
Woman accused of sex and assault on Dubai beach faces jail - The Guardian - 10 July 2008 http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/jul/10/middleeast.pressandpublishing