British diving instructor, 41 is imprisoned in Oman for SWEARING and could be there for three years
British diving instructor, 41 is imprisoned in Oman for SWEARING at the airport and can be placed behind bars for three years after the eruption on the way home to see his dementia-stricken grandmother
- Les Bragg, 41, from Portsmouth, had traveled back from the Philippines to the UK
- While at Muscat Airport in Oman allegedly swore about his delayed plane
- The use of foul language and rude gestures was considered obscene in the country
- His girlfriend, Laura Weston, 34, has set up a fundraising page to help him get home
A British diving instructor has been in a prison in Oman for three years after he swore at an airport en route to his seriously ill mother.
Les Bragg, 41, from Portsmouth, traveled back from the Philippines to the UK last month when he stopped at Muscat Airport in the Arab country to change planes.
While he was there, he allegedly swore after hearing that his connecting flight to Heathrow had been delayed. He is now in the prison of Arzat in Salalah and is confronted for years in prison.
It is also claimed that the police smelled alcohol in his breath because he had been drinking on the plane to Oman. It is a violation to drink in public in public.
Minder Bragg (photo), 41, allegedly swore after hearing that his connecting flight to Heathrow had been delayed. He is now in the prison of Arzat in Salalah and is confronted for years in prison
His friend, Laura Weston, 34, has set up a fundraising page to help him get home – claiming that Omani lawyers are asking £ 22,000 to release him.
She said: “He is now in prison in Oman and was forced to sign a document in Arabic that accused him. He has since been imprisoned without permission for contact.
& # 39; The conditions in the prison are terrible and Les has not eaten for days. We are really worried about him and would like to take him home for his family and loved ones.
& # 39; Please help us get our great friend out of danger – any donation you could miss would be hugely received. Thank you in advance for your generosity. & # 39;
The page has so far raised £ 1,030 from its £ 22,000 target, but it was set up only Wednesday.
In a response to the page, a family member, Linda Bragg, wrote: & # 39; We need him, especially during these difficult times for mom and grandma. & # 39;
While Louise Meredith said: & # 39; I want to bring my friend home. & # 39;
The page (photo) has so far collected £ 1,030 from its £ 22,000 target, but was only set up on Wednesday
Bragg traveled back to the UK from the Philippines last month when he stopped at Muscat Airport (photo). He was arrested here
Mrs. Weston, a dental nurse, told me The sun, she was worried about Mr. Bragg's mental health condition in prison. And said she thinks the Omani authorities want to put him away for one to three years & # 39 ;.
She added: I am worried. We don't know what happens – it's terrible. Lesson & # 39; nan has dementia and his mother is seriously ill at the hospital, so he was panicking to come back. & # 39;
He had reportedly worked as a diving instructor in the Philippines before attempting to rush home and see his mother.
The UK government warns that & # 39; the use of foul language and rude gestures is considered an obscene act & # 39; in Oman.
It also says & # 39; it is an insult to drink in public or to be drunk. The legal age for drinking alcohol is 21. & # 39;
The Foreign Ministry has said it supports the British and his family after his arrest.
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