Emirates Cabin Crew Jailed for Sexting

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A string of steamy text messages were used as evidence in a court case that landed two Indian Emirates Airline crew members in jail.

A flight attendant, 42, and her male supervisor, 47, are facing three months in jail for "coercion to commit sin." The pair was originally sentenced to six months in prison to be followed by deportation, but an appeals court reduced the sentence after enough evidence to prove the couple was actually sexually involved could not be produced, AFP reported Dubai's daily newspaper the National as saying.

The report goes on to detail the steamy text messages were first revealed during the flight attendant's "bitter divorce battle" that began in 2007, after the attendant's husband accused his wife of an affair. Dubai's telecommunications company, Etisalat, was ordered by the court to supply the text messages.

The flight attendants sister, 25, was convicted for perjury after she told police she was the one having the affair and had sent the messages. Initially sentenced to three months with deportation, her deportation order was withdrawn on an appeal.

After the divorce was finalized, the husband gained custody of the couple's four-year-old son.

Under Emirati law, extramarital affairs are illegal. The cosmopolitan yet occasionally conservative city "allows a lenient lifestyle but can sporadically enforce traditional social codes," said the Associated Press yesterday.

This is not the first time foreigners have gone to court for breaking Dubai's conservative laws. Just this week, a British couple was sentenced to a month in jail for kissing in a restaurant.

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