MY JAIL HELL STORY- NEWS OF THE WORLD NEWSPAPER EXCLUSIVE- DECEMBER 2008

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BIRD MAN OF DUBAI

"I got month's jail for flicking my middle finger ... one man was locked up for breaking wind"

ANGRY holiday Brit Mike Parry flicked the finger at a speeding driver who nearly knocked him down in Dubai—and got locked up in a stinking jail for a MONTH.

Company boss Mike, 25, told last night how he reacted in shock when the car narrowly missed him as he crossed the road.

But then it screeched to a halt and a group of Arab youths leapt out. They told him his gesture was against the law and demanded he hand over around £1,800—or they'd call the police.

Mike said: "It was aggressive driving, I was forced to jump out of the way. I apologised for giving them the finger but refused to pay them. It was clear they were only trying to extort money.

"In the end I said, 'Fine, call the police' as I felt sure they'd side with me. But when the officers turned up they first asked if I'd had any alcohol.

"It was midnight. As I'd had a couple of glasses of wine with lunch and a couple of beers later I said yes. But I certainly wasn't drunk.

Scary

"Then they wanted to know if I'd made the gesture. I admitted it and explained why but they arrested me. I was handcuffed and taken for a blood test — it was really scary."

Then, only 36 hours into his four-day sunshine break, events firm boss Mike was charged under the Muslim state's strict decency laws and slung in the slammer.

He said: "I'd gone to Dubai for the first time with three mates to celebrate one's birthday — but it turned into a nightmare. I knew the rules were strict but I didn't realise people took mortal offence at being shown the finger — and in their eyes I was also a criminal for even touching alcohol."

Mike, from London, spent three days with 255 other inmates in a detention centre built for just 40. Then he was given a trial date for six weeks later, released without his passport and told not to leave the country.

"I was frantic," he said. "I'd just taken a big contract in Leicester and leased a flat there. I realised I'd lost the lot — I couldn't work or pay rent. And the stories I heard inside were incredible.

"One bloke was arrested for doing press-ups on the beach — cops accused him of making love to the GROUND and charged him with indecency.

"An airport porter who broke wind as he picked up a local lady's bags got two months for AIR POLLUTION.

"And a Sri Lankan who lived in Dubai went home for a holiday and got a new HAIRCUT. On his return officials arrested him because they said it didn't look like his passport."

Mike wasn't allowed to speak in court. He added: "I was jailed for a month and fined £300. Once I got out I was deported and ended up back in London without a roof over my head."

And he warned the one million Brits who flock to Dubai every year: "It was like something out of Midnight Express — if you're a tourist over there you're a target."

The Foreign Office say 40 Brits are currently in Dubai cells. They told us: "Swearing or rude gestures are considered obscene and can even bring a six-month sentence."



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