PUBLISHED: 16:18 EST, 9 August 2012 | UPDATED: 16:18 EST, 9 August 2012
A high-flying British executive accused of calling the Prophet Mohammad a ‘complete paedophile’ is facing up to three years in a Dubai jail.
Deep Marwaha allegedly texted a Muslim colleague with a volley of abuse after he performed a holy ritual while the pair were working in Saudi Arabia.
The 35-year-old, a manager at UK-based conference organising firm Informa, was said to have texted fellow Brit Khalid Shafique with the words: ‘F*** you, f*** your Islam and f*** your prophet. Your Prophet Mohammad is a complete paedophile. Now show what you can do. I know lots of sheikhs.’
Fellow Informa colleague Mr Shafique, 34, complained to police that Marwaha was angry when he went to perform Umrah, a form of pilgrimage in Mecca, when their business meetings were over for the day.
He resigned from the company and claimed he received the insulting text message two days later at 1.15am.
But Marwaha, who went to £15,000-a-year Latymer Upper School in west London before studying at Middlesex University, denied sending the abuse and said he was sleeping when the messages were sent.