Friday, January 13, 2012

British worker faces jail in Abu Dhabi for 'insulting Islam' in meeting

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.

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. Read More