Page last updated at 14:25 GMT, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 15:25 UK

Newly-wed couple win Dubai car sex appeal

The Dubai Courts building
It is the latest in a series of public indecency cases against foreigners

A couple caught by police in Dubai allegedly having sex in a car have won an appeal against their conviction.

The newly-wed couple from Pakistan had been sentenced to one month in prison and deportation for public indecency.

The Dubai appeals court overturned the ruling on the grounds that the officer who peered through their car's blacked-out windows had breached their privacy.

The case is the latest in a series of incidents in which foreigners have broken Dubai's strict decency laws.

Police arrested the 28-year-old man and his 24-year-old wife in May 2009, accusing them of having sex in a vehicle in a car park at the Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Police twice attempted to peer inside the vehicle, and when they eventually knocked, a naked man rolled down the window, the court heard.

The couple's lawyer, Majid Al Kabban, argued successfully that this was a breach of human rights and a violation of his clients' privacy.

He argued that the car was a private place, and what the pair did behind the darkened windows did not violate the emirate's strict public indecency laws.

Mr Kabban said: "We're definitely happy and a little bit surprised. Usually this type of thing goes in a different way."

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