Stirling Haigh assisting Jamil Ahmed Mukadam after arrest for road rage.

A British IT worker says he faces a possible six-month term in a Dubai prison for sticking his middle finger up at another driver during a road now 

Jamil Ahmed Mukadam, 23, made the rude gesture as he made his way to the airport in a hire car after a holiday in the Gulf state with his wife in February.

When he returned to the oil-rich emirate on 10 September he was arrested at immigration control and initially held in a police cell with criminals including rapists and murderers, he told The Sun.

He told the newspaper: “It’s the kind of thing that happens in England all the time. You don’t go to jail for it.

“When I came back last week for a holiday with my wife I went through passport control in Dubai and when they took a scan it started beeping loudly.

“Within seconds I was surrounded by police and taken off to jail.”

​Radha Stirling of law firm Stirling Haigh, who is assisting Mr Mukadam via the Detained in Dubai organisation, told The Sun offensive or insulting behaviour was illegal there.

She added: “We have dealt with a number of cases where traffic frustration has led to detention.

“We caution visitors and expats that they could face criminal charges for behaviour that would be common in their own countries.

“We hope that the courts in Dubai are lenient with their sentencing and issue a fine at worst.”

Mr Mukadam is the latest Briton to fall foul of the law in Dubai.

In May 2011 top UK surgeon Joseph Nunoo-Mensah was detained in Dubai after being accused of a making a rude gesture at another driver through the window of his car.

The consultant colorectal surgeon at King’s College Hospital – who said he merely raised his hand – had his passport confiscated when he was charged with “public indecency”. He was later released after paying a fine.

She added: “We have dealt with a number of cases where traffic frustration has led to detention.

“We caution visitors and expats that they could face criminal charges for behaviour that would be common in their own countries.

“We hope that the courts in Dubai are lenient with their sentencing and issue a fine at worst.”

Mr Mukadam is the latest Briton to fall foul of the law in Dubai.

In May 2011 top UK surgeon Joseph Nunoo-Mensah was detained in Dubai after being accused of a making a rude gesture at another driver through the window of his car.

The consultant colorectal surgeon at King’s College Hospital – who said he merely raised his hand – had his passport confiscated when he was charged with “public indecency”. He was later released after paying a fine

angencies, Staff and. “British IT Worker ‘Facing Six Months in Prison’ in Dubai for Giving Fellow Driver the Finger.” The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media, 21 Sept. 2017, www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/british-driver-jail-swearing-road-rage-dubai-jamil-ahmed-mukadam-uae-a7958511.html.

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