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Brit jailed for gay sex in Dubai only 'kissing and cuddling'

A gay teacher from Scotland denies he had sex with Seychelles man in public
Scottish teacher was jailed for three years in Dubai for gay sex in public

A British man jailed for three years for having drunken gay sex in public in Dubai claims he was only having a 'kiss and a cuddle'.

Despite confessing to the charges in court, Paul Brandt, a teacher from Scotland, spoke from the Gulf state's Al Aweer jail saying there was no sex involved.

'It was just a kiss and a cuddle,' the 28-year-old said, The Scottish Sun reported.

'I am serving a three-year sentence and I have lost my job all because of a kiss. But this is Dubai. I am going to appeal.'

Brandt had previously admitted to having consensual gay sex with lover Mickey Beley, a 40-year-old man from the Seychelles, next to a petrol station in February 2011.

The pair were said to have been drunk after a birthday celebration for one of them after which they stopped by a tree next to the petrol station for sex.

A man parked behind the petrol station witnessed the two men and reported them to police.

The two men apparently tried to escape when the police officers arrived, but were apprehended.

During a court hearing in March this year (2012) they both admitted to having consensual sex and consuming alcohol. Each was sentenced to three years in jail and both will be deported after serving their prison terms. 

Article 358 of the Punitive Law Number 52 of 2006 states that people who preform ‘obscene public acts and violations of public decency' are to receive no less than a six-month jail term. 

The purchase and consumption of alchohol in the Dubai Emirate is illegal without a license which is only issued to resident non-Muslims.

Homosexuality is illegal in the Emirate of Dubai, Article 177 of the Penal Code imposes imprisonment of up to 10 years for consensual gay sex.

In a much publicised case a British straight couple in 2008 were sentenced for three months in a Dubai prison and a fine for similar offences and were released and deported after an international outcry.

Speaking with Gay Star News, a spokesperson for the United Arab Emirates LGBT group said the length of jail term handed down to the British and Seychelles men, compared with the straight equivalent is 'uneven, excessive and unjustly harsh.’

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