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Text messages land Dubai pair in jail

Three months in jail for the pair after court rules that their SMS-based conversation is evidence of "coercion to commit to sin"

The jailed texters worked for Dubai-based airline Emirates.
The jailed texters worked for Dubai-based airline Emirates.

A text message conversation between two Emirates airline staff has landed the pair in jail, after a court decided the SMS-based exchange was evidence of "coercion to commit sin".

The flight attendant and cabin services supervisor were convicted after sending each other sexually themed SMS messages, according to an article in UAE daily the National.

According to the paper, the court said the texts "fulfilled all the necessary angles of coercion to the commitment of sin".

The two were initially sentenced to six months in prison and deportation by the Dubai Court of Misdemeanors in December, but on appeal the sentence was reduced to three months and the deportation order scrapped.

UAE incumbent operator Etisalat provided the court with copies the text messages, which the estranged partner of one of the accused said proved the illicit relationship between the two texters.