By Neil Halligan
Currently working in Qatar, the Irish teacher hopes to re-join his wife in Dubai
An expat teacher, deported after serving a sentence for public obscenity and drinking without a licence, will launch an appeal against his conviction.
Irish teacher Conor Hayes was convicted of public obscenity in April last year after a Dubai court heard that he gave the finger to a police officer in the 2011 incident.
The 39-year-old was deported after he served a one month in jail term last November.
Speaking to Irish media, Hayes, who is now working in Qatar, said he intends to clear his name and return to Dubai to re-join his wife, who has remained working in the emirate.
“Another lawyer has read my case file and found so many things wrong that she wants to fight the decision,” he told the Irish Daily Star newspaper.
Last year, over 1,200 people signed a petition calling on Hayes to get a pardon.