Irish expat teacher fights Dubai conviction

Published:  17 Mar at 2 PM
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The Irish expat teacher, who has already served a sentence for drinking without a license and public obscenity, plans to appeal against his conviction so that he can return to Dubai.

Last April, a Dubai court convicted Conor Hayes, a teacher from Ireland, of public obscenity after they were told that a police officer was given the finger by the expat in 2011.

After serving a one-month jail sentence last November, Dubai officials immediately deported the 39-year-old teacher from the country.

Mr Hayes, who currently works in Qatar, told the Irish media that he plans to clear his name and to re-join his wife who is still working in Dubai. The Irish Daily Star reported that expat teacher said his lawyer has found multiple things wrong with the case file and intends to fight the decision made by the court in Dubai. A petition calling for a pardon for Mr Hayes conviction gained over 1,200 signatures last year.
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