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Bahraini pilot lodges appeal over sex toy fine

Pilot hid items in his socks when returning from Thailand, which he claims were bought for medicinal reasons

Bahraini pilot lodges appeal over sex toy fine
Bahrain International Airport

A pilot who was fined for allegedly attempting to smuggle sex toys into Bahrain has lodged an appeal against the penalty, according to local media.

Gulf Daily News reported the 49-year-old Bahraini pilot was detained by customs officials at Bahrain International Airport when they became suspicious after he was observed walking unusually.

The pilot, who arrived on a flight from Thailand, was found to have two sex toys hidden in his socks, with another in his jacket, according to prosecutors in the Lower Criminal Court.

He was fined BD200 ($530) for importing obscene items, which the newspaper reported he is due to appeal to the High Criminal Appeals Court today.

In his defence, the pilot said he brought the sex toys for health reasons.

“I was hiding them (sex toys) because I was embarrassed, but my intention was not to smuggle them,” he said in a statement to prosecutors.

“I bought them for my friends and myself for personal use to help us sexually because we suffer from severe diabetes. Inside the sex toy there is a device that helps that.”

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