Sex-on-beach Britons Freed

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Two Britons who had sex on a beach in Dubai have had their 12-week prison sentences suspended by an appeal court.

Michelle Palmer, 36, and Vince Acors, 34, were each handed three-month sentences last month after being convicted of public indecency and having unmarried sex.

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They were arrested in the early hours of July 5 after meeting at a champagne brunch at a five-star hotel on the emirate.

The pair, who were on bail, have been ordered to pay a fine of £170 (255 dollars), according to Acors’ solicitor in London.

So while they will still be deported, they have been temporarily spared the humiliation of spending three months behind bars.

Hassan Matter, who represented the couple in court, said Tuesday: “The judge has cancelled the jail. They are free. It’s wonderful.”

It is not yet known when Palmer and Acors will return to the UK. Palmer had been working in Dubai as a publishing executive but was sacked after the allegations emerged. Acors had been visiting the country at the time of their arrest.

The case of Palmer and Acors has raised consciousness of the strict rules still in place in the United Arab Emirates, despite Dubai’s recent boom as a western tourist sanctuary. More than 230 other Britons were arrested in the UAE last year for drunkenness.