The British woman and Irishman accused of having drunken sex in a Dubai taxi have had their jail terms reduced to two months, UAE daily The National reported.
RB, 29, and CM, 27, were earlier sentenced to three months in prison for having sex out of marriage by a lower court, but had appealed the judgment.
The Misdemeanours Court upheld the verdict but reduced the sentence to two months. The court also lowered their fine for drinking alcohol in public from AED 3,000 to AED 2,000.
The pair's lawyer, Shaker Al Shammary, told The Telegraph he was "shocked and angered" by the outcome.
"I totally expected them to be set free today," he said.
The two were arrested in May after the Pakistani taxi driver reported them to police.
“We were driving on Sheikh Zayed Road and I noticed the man was drinking. I told him it is not allowed to have alcohol inside the taxi, but he drank it and threw the glass out of the window. The next thing, I looked in the mirror and saw the woman sitting on the man’s thighs. She was naked, moving up and down and making sounds,” the taxi driver testified.
They were found guilty of sex out of marriage despite no forensic evidence, The National said.