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Home > Court Round-Up
 
Scorpions drummer James Kottak jailed for a month

Marie Nammour / 30 April 2014

The 51-year-old American drummer of the German band denied all charges in the Court of Misdemeanours but confessed that he used alcohol without a licence.

Scorpions drummer James Kottak was handed out a one-month jail term on Tuesday for allegedly insulting Muslims. He is also alleged to have gestured indecently as he was travelling through the Dubai International Airport.

The 51-year-old American drummer of the German band denied all charges in the Court of Misdemeanours but confessed that he used alcohol without a licence. He was fined Dh2,000 on that charge.

The drummer was arrested on April 3 as he was travelling transit through Dubai. He was reportedly drunk when he allegedly gave his middle finger to some Muslim passengers and did an indecent public act. He is also believed to have verbally abused police officers who tried to apprehend him at the airport.

An officer testified that he heard an angry Kottak insulting Islam and police arrested him.

The drummer denied during interrogation that he had bad-mouthed Muslims or committed an indecent act by lowering his pants. He claimed he spontaneously exposed his back to show his tattoo.

A Jordanian customer service employee testified that Kottak was swearing loudly and shouting. “He described Muslims as being uneducated. He then looked at some passengers and gave them his middle finger.”

According to prosecution records, Kottak was to board a Bahrain-bound flight where he was to perform at a concert during the Formula One Grand Prix. He had just arrived from Russia when he made the Dubai stop. His lawyer argued that the passengers who are alleged to have witnessed the incident had given contradictory statements in the investigation.

In another account by a customer service employee of what allegedly happened around 11pm on that day, the Scorpions band member showed his disgust at the sight of some Asian passengers and exposed his behind to them as a disrespectful gesture.

Tuesday’s verdict which also includes a deportation order is subject to appeal. — mary@khaleejtimes.com

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