A British engineer could spend a month in jail because he insulted his Muslim co-workers by telling them in a fit of frustration:
'When will we finish with the damn mosques?'Misinterpreting and overreacting, as Muslims are apt to do, his colleagues then tattled on him to the authorities and he wound up in court. The ex-pat (who is appealing the sentence) tried to explain that the 'insult' was not deliberate, and that it was simply his frustration at how slow moving the project was, and that he just
".. wanted it to be ready as soon as possible.'
Apparently he works for Abu Dhabi's parks and recreation and is in charge of designing the gardens surrounding a mosque that has yet to be finished, and obviously taking far longer than it should.
The engineer will know on February 7 whether he'll be spending a month in jail or be a free man.
If he's smart he'd head on back to England.