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[url=http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/news/99031/Holiday-Brit-jailed-in-Dubai-for-flicking-middle-finger.html]ANGRY holiday Brit Mike Parry flicked the finger at a speeding driver who nearly knocked him

down in Dubaiâ€â€and got locked up in a stinking jail for a MONTH.

Company boss Mike, 25, told last night how he reacted in shock when the car

narrowly missed him as he crossed the road.

But then it screeched to a halt and a group of Arab youths leapt out. They told him his

gesture was against the law and demanded he hand over around £1,800 â€â€or they’d call the police.

Mike said: “It was aggressive driving, I was forced to jump out of the way. I apologised for giving them the finger but refused to pay them. It was clear they were only trying to extort money.

“In the end I said, ‘Fine, call the police’ as I felt sure they’d side with me. But when the officers turned up they first asked if I’d had any alcohol.

“It was midnight. As I’d had a couple of glasses of wine with lunch and a couple of beers later I said yes. But I certainly wasn’t drunk.


“Then they wanted to know if I’d made the gesture. I admitted it and explained why but they arrested me. I was handcuffed and taken for a blood test  it was really scary.â€Â

Then, only 36 hours into his four-day sunshine break, events firm boss Mike was charged under the Muslim state’s strict decency laws and slung in the slammer.

He said: “I’d gone to Dubai for the first time with three mates to celebrate one’s birthday  but it turned into a nightmare. I knew the rules were strict but I didn’t realise people took mortal offence at being shown the finger  and in their eyes I was also a criminal for even touching alcohol.â€Â

Mike, from London, spent three days with 255 other inmates in a detention centre built for just 40. Then he was given a trial date for six weeks later, released without his passport and told not to leave the country.

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