A British couple convicted of having sex on a Dubai beach had their prison sentences suspended by an appeals court on Tuesday. Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors were convicted and sentenced to three months in prison in October for having sex outside of marriage, public indecency and drunkenness.
According to the AP, the Dubai Court of Appeals upheld the guilty verdict but dropped their prison sentences, though it ruled the couple must still be deported from the United Arab Emirates and pay a fine of about $272 each. "This is a good result," said Hassan Matter, the couple's Dubai-based lawyer. "This means the law in Dubai is just and shows the judge has a good mind and a good heart."
The two Britons, who are both in their 30s, met at an all-you-can-drink champagne brunch before they were arrested in July. Both previously admitted they were drunk but denied having sex.