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Dubai flight passenger accused of sexual assault

Italian passenger denies charges of groping sleeping Indonesian woman.
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An Emirates passenger has appeared at a Dubai court to deny accusations that he sexually molested a sleeping woman during a Jakarta-Dubai flight, according to a report in Gulf News.

The middle-aged Italian man, who apparently suffers from Parkinson’s, has been charged with groping the Indonesian passenger - who had fallen asleep after taking a sedative and drinking wine - and then taking off his shirt and touching himself.

However, the report adds that a flight attendant spotted the incident and informed her supervisor, who went to RK’s seat and moved the woman.

The man then found the victim and attempted to sit next to her, leading to the pair being separated once again and the police being informed.

Following his arrest, the man was also accused of flashing his middle finger at two stewardesses.

"My client is sick and suffers from Parkinson's disease. We submitted a medical report confirming that he has Parkinson's but the report did not decisively clarify whether he was responsible for his actions,” his lawyer, Ali Abdullah Al Shamsi, was quoted as saying in the newspaper.

“We ask the court to dismiss the case for jurisdictional purposes as the crime happened while the aircraft was in the skies… the matter happened consensually and R.C. did not molest the passenger.”

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