51-year old James Kottak of the popular rock band, Scorpions, was jailed in Dubai earlier this month for allegedly insulting Islam.
Scorpions drummer, James Kottak, was jailed earlier in month in Dubai for allegedly insuling Muslims. Kottak was supposed to perform with the rest of the band at a Formula One grand prix in Bahrain on April 3.
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According to The National, the 51-year old drummer arrived in Dubai from Moscow earlier this month. Having been able to drink around five glasses of wine, Kottak and a friend got lost in the airport and entered the transit hall.
Appearing drunk, the Dubai police questioned him.
For some reason, Kottak got angry and started cursing everyone, particularly Muslims. Witnesses said the drummer began talking about "non-educated Muslims" and even flashed a middle finger at the passengers.
Others said that the American drummer covered his nose in front of Pakistani and Afghan passengers. “What is this disgusting smell?” Kottak reportedly yelled, adding that there was "no way he will travel with them."
Dubai authorities immediately grabbed Kottak and sent him to jail.
On Tuesday this week, Kottak appeared before the Dubai Misdemeanours Court. He didn't seem to remember everything. “I don’t remember saying these words and I did not flash my middle finger,” Kottak told prosecutors.
His lawyer, a certain Hamid Al Khazraji, said that his client is innocent and that he was misunderstood. “Their testimonies are contradictory, your honour,” said Hamid Al Khazraji.
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Kottak is fined Dh2,000, around £323 or $544, for drinking without a license. He will be deported to the U.S. soon, after the one-month jail sentence is served.