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Dubai "public indecency" detention updates. German company missteps in defence of complainant in Jamie Harron case

Press Release   •   Oct 12, 2017 12:12 BST

Emad Tabaza and Jamie Harron. Cultural differences, but Dubai kingpin Tabaza has the power to have him jailed

The German company of which the Managing Director is Emad Tabaza, the accuser in the “public indecency” case against Jamie Harron has issued its first statement on the controversy. It includes a number of erroneous claims which contradict the established facts.

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Neuman & Esser.  Giant German gas company whose MD Emad Tabaza has become involved in public indecency case.

Neuman & Esser’s statement alleges that Jamie was drunk and belligerent, whereas it is known that he had consumed only 3 beers, and his blood alcohol level was well below what would normally be regarded as intoxicated. Furthermore, witnesses including security staff from the bar, confirm that Jamie was not confrontational at all, and that it was the Jordanian NEA Group boss Emad Tabaza who in fact raised his voice repeatedly towards Jamie.

The incident occurred at a bar called the Rock Bottom, which does not even open for business before 19:30; the time which Neuman & Esser claims the altercation took place. Jamie told Radha “At 19:30, I was still enjoying dinner at my friend’s house, miles away. The claims are ridiculous”.

The Neuman & Esser statement, which some observers believe to have been written by Mr Tabaza himself, states that the bouncer and manager were not concerned about the incident. Sceptical comments have been made on Western media articles suggesting that if the bouncer thought it was a non-event, and the manager also thought it unimportant, then perhaps Emad Tabaza was in fact just throwing his weight around.

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, commented on the company’s statement, “It is surprising that they would take such a position, considering the fact that their employee himself has already sought to drop the charges in this case. It is clear to all parties that this has been blown out of proportion, and it is only the Dubai Public Prosecutor’s office that is insisting on pursuing it as a criminal matter. Neuman & Esser would be better advised to support a de-escalation of this dispute rather than dig their heels in on a matter which both sides appear to want dismissed.”

Stirling added, "regarding the alcohol charges, “of course he was drinking, everyone was. The entire enforcement system in the UAE needs an overhaul.”

"The case has prompted 80 messages an hour of support," continues Stirling, "and has even prompted calls for a boycott of the UAE over its treatment of expats and tourists."

The story is currently has been published in print worldwide as well as TV and radio and online media. The public comments sections of these media outlets are overwhelmingly supportive of Jamie, outraged with Mr Tabaza and Neuman & Esser, and horrified at the dangers of visiting Dubai. The hashtags #boycottdubai and #JamieHarron have been adopted by twitter users.

UAE Criminal and Civil Justice Specialists.  Contact us on info@detainedindubai.org

Comments (1)

    "The Neuman & Esser statement" - quite possibly written by Emad Tabaza himself to cover himself, at least reads like it since it is such a defensive statement that seeks to still make accusations; moreover which includes statements that appear to contradict facts. Alternative facts from what is proving to be a questionable character. Given where this was taking place, we must ask whether Emad Tabaza himself was drinking and how much? It's a shock that Neuman & Esser have allowed their reputation to be tarnished like this, questions therefore about the company... not living the NEA maxims much.

    - James Bowen - Oct 13, 2017 10:41 BST

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