x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Iranian took pictures of US embassy 'to celebrate green card'

An Iranian who was jailed after photographing the American Embassy from a variety of angles tells a court he meant only to celebrate being issued a green card.

ABU DHABI // An Iranian who was jailed after photographing the American Embassy from a variety of angles told a court he meant only to celebrate being issued a green card.

M, 26, remained in jail for 20 days after he was caught taking the photos while visiting the UAE as a tourist with his parents. He told the State Security Court yesterday that they had recently received green cards and were celebrating when he took the photos.

He told Chief Justice Shehab Al Hammadi, the head of the court that he did not mean any harm.

The court fined him Dh200 and ordered the photos to be confiscated.

hdajani@thenational.ae