British worker faces jail in Abu Dhabi for ‘insulting Islam’ with angry comment made in meeting

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The Daily Mail  

By Paul Milligan

Last updated at 1:22 AM on 13th January 2012

A British engineer is facing a month in jail after he told colleagues in a meeting, ‘When will we finish with the damn mosques?’

The worker, who has not been named, told an appeals court yesterday that he did not mean to insult the Islamic religion.

The British engineer works at the parks and recreation section of Abu Dhabi Municipality, and is appealing against a one-month prison sentence imposed by the Court of Misdemeanours.

The slow completion of a Mosque in Abu Dhabi caused the British engineer to make the statement that has landed him in court and facing jailThe slow completion of a project at a Mosque in Abu Dhabi caused the British engineer to make the statement that has landed him in court and facing jail

He was in charge of a project to create gardens around a mosque, reports The National, an English-language publication based in the capital of the UAE.

The engineer told the court he lost his temper during a meeting because the project was progressing slowly.

He was then reported to the police by his work colleagues for asking the offending question.

He explained to the judge that he did not mean to insult the mosque as a religious place and that he respected Islam and the UAE.

‘I said it out of concern for the project because I wanted it to be ready as soon as possible,’ he said.

The judge asked him: ‘So your keenness on completion drove you to curse?’

The engineer reasserted his respect for mosques he works on and said he wanted them to be presented in the best way possible way.

A decision on the appeal will be announced on February 7.

The conservative UAE has a history of cracking down on the many foreigners who live there for indecent or ‘un-Islamic’ behaviour.

The conservative UAE has made news recently with crackdowns on tourists and foreign workersThe conservative UAE has made news recently with crackdowns on tourists and foreign workers

In 2010, a British woman who made a rape complaint in Dubai was arrested for having illegal sex with her fiance.

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4 Replies to “British worker faces jail in Abu Dhabi for ‘insulting Islam’ with angry comment made in meeting”

  1. anyone who goes to these sick psycho countries deserve what happens to them

    I.m hoping someone does the tit for tat for the twin towers to their sky scrapper tallest building and the sooner the better

    and get those sons of ‘female dogs’ out of our corporations that own Canadas Historic Sites,

    Where are the MP\s with balls who will start legislation to limit foreign control and ownership of our Historic sites, and whats left of our natural resources

    fffffffffffff my blood pressure shoots up when I think of those ugly anus sniffers owning Canadas greatest historical sites
    Screw Dubai and anyone who works there or goes to visit, they deserve what they get for visiting those desert hell holes

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