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UAE businessman featured in 'dirty dancing' wedding video is arrested

Another nine men have also been arrested in connection with the incident, after an investigation was ordered by Sharjah's ruler

UAE businessman featured in 'dirty dancing' wedding video is arrested
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A high profile UAE businessmen caught on camera dancing indecently at a wedding has reportedly been arrested by police on board an Air Arabia flight at Sharjah International Airport after flying home from Oman.

A film posted online of Khalid Hurriyah, a member of the UAE football supporters’ association and a well-known TV pundit, dirty dancing with a group of women at a wedding party prompted the Ruler of Sharjah to order an investigation into the incident.

In a video posted on social media, Hurriyah can be seen dancing in a lewd manner and smacking the bottom of a female guest.

Gulf News reported that His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, supreme council member and ruler of Sharjah, had written a letter to the Sharjah Police chief saying: “I order you to investigate the incident of the immoral video footage which occurred in Khor Fakkan and bring to justice all those involved and who helped in this immoral act to preserve the dignity and to protect the young generation from corruption.”

According to Al Ittihad, The National’s sister publication, Hurriyah contacted Sharjah Police at the weekend that he would be returning to the UAE and he was arrested on Saturday on arrival at Sharjah airport.

The report said another nine other people have also been arrested in connection with the incident.

Hurriyah has denied the charge of sexual assault and has appealed for forgiveness.

“I have asked for forgiveness from His Highness,” he was previously quoted as saying by 7DAYS newspaper.

“I was in good spirits when I did this but later realised that what I did was a mistake.”

It is not clear who posted the video footage online on Youtube.

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