A diving instructor who had been returning to the UK from the Philippines to visit sick relatives has been imprisoned in Oman on unspecified charges for several weeks.
Les Bragg, 41, from Portsmouth, was arrested while in transit at Muscat Airport. According to some press reports he was overheard swearing on hearing that his connecting flight to London Heathrow had been delayed.
The use of bad language is considered an obscene act in Oman, according to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
A GoFundMe page for Bragg was posted by his friend Laura Weston two days ago. It has so far raised £2000 of the £22,000 she says has been requested by Omani lawyers to cover the costs of getting the diver released.
“Our dear friend Les was travelling back to the UK to help care for his disabled mother and Nan suffering with dementia when he was arrested out of the blue at the airport,” says Weston, adding that Bragg was forced to sign a document in Arabic incriminating himself.
“He’s been trapped in prison since without any permission for contact.”