Two members of cabin crew from the Emirates Airline have been jailed for three months in Dubai, following the exchange of a series of sexually explicit text messages.
The pair - an Indian flight attendant at the airline and her cabin services supervisor - were convicted of “coercion to commit sin” earlier this year, and initially sentenced to six months in jail.
The pair were then to be deported from the United Arab Emirate.
However, the sentence was reduced to three months on appeal last week, with the deportation orders against the pair lifted.
Court papers did not reveal the content of the messages.
Courts in Dubai ruled the Emirates’ staff had planned to “commit sin”, in reference to an extra-marital affair – which is illegal in the United Arab Emirates.
However, there was insufficient proof to confirm the couple actually had an affair, leading the reduction in the jail sentence.
The messages first appeared last year, in divorce case brought by the women’s estranged husband.
This is the second such case to make headlines in Dubai in as many weeks.
A British couple - including a man from north London – saw their case adjourned last week, following allegations they were kissing in public.
Ayman Najafi, 24, was set to appear in a Dubai appeals alongside a 25-year-old tourist, Charlotte Adams, appealing against a one-month prison sentence.
They coupled were allegedly seen kissing on the mouth in a restaurant, breaching Dubai’s strict decency laws.
Consequently they were arrested by police in and appeared in court last week.
According to reports, a judge at Dubai’s Misdemeanours Court heard written evidence from the 38-year-old mother who initially complained to police.
She said she was offended by their behaviour at the Jumeirah Beach Residence, where she was dining with her daughter.
However, inconsistencies in the accusers story have now come to light, prompting an adjournment until April 4th.