Brits in 'sex on beach' trial ask to leave Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A British couple accused of having sex on a beach in Dubai say they just want to go home.

The couple is on trial in the United Arab Emirates. They've been charged with having sex outside marriage, publicly indecency and public drunkenness.

Today, they asked the judge to be allowed to leave the country. But the judge disregarded the request and scheduled another hearing for next week.

Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors were arrested in the early hours of July 5th on a Dubai beach after they had been at a hotel party.

The case has highlighted the strong contrasts in the booming United Arab Emirates, particularly Dubai. The city has a much more freewheeling attitude than other places in the Gulf. But the case is a reminder that it remains a conservative Arab nation underneath.

Legal experts say the couple could face up to two years in prison if convicted.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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