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SCORPIONS Drummer Insults Islam, Gets Jail

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 4:23 PM


James Kottak Arrested For Incident In Dubai Airport

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The National in the United Arab Emirates has reported that SCORPIONS drummer James Kottak will have to spend a month in a Dubai, United Arab Emirates jail after he was convicted on Tuesday morning of insulting Islam, flashing his middle finger at Muslim passengers at an airport and consuming alcohol.

According to the report, the 51-year-old musician had admitted consuming five glasses of wine on an April 3 flight from Moscow to Dubai while travelling to Bahrain on a Gulf Airflight to perform at the country's Formula One grand prix. The rocker was travelling with a friend and took a wrong turn, entering the transit hall, where Kottak "started swearing and talking about 'non-educated Muslims' before he flashed his middle finger at passengers," according to witnesses. Police said he also lowered his trousers and showed people his behind.

An officer said he heard Kottak saying "what is this disgusting smell" before the drummer insulted Islam. "I didn't see anything else but I heard him," the officer said. "I then informed my supervisor, who came and took the defendant away."

A client service employee at the airport added: "When he [Kottak] saw the Pakistani and Afghani passengers, he covered his nose and said that there was no way he will travel with them." He added that the drummer then started swearing repeatedly at the arrivals area of Terminal 2. "He wasn't talking to a person specifically but was talking in general," the client service employee said.

"He was very nervous at the time and talking loudly."

A 25-year-old Jordanian passenger services agent said Kottak came over to her and "was shouting 'non-educated Muslims' then he went to the office of the head and flashed his middle finger at the passengers."

He should be released soon as he has been in custody since April 3 and his time in detention will be deducted from his sentence.

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