Briton detained at Omar airport 'for swearing' launches fundraising appeal

Les Bragg, from Portsmouth, has reportedly been detained for swearing in an airport in Oman (Picture: PA)

Friends of a British man detained for reportedly swearing in an airport in Oman have set up a fundraising page to help pay his legal bill.

Les Bragg, from Portsmouth, was flying back to the UK from the Philippines when he was arrested at Muscat Airport for swearing when he found out that his connecting flight to Heathrow Airport had been delayed, according to the Sun.

Friends of the 41-year-old have now launched a fundraising appeal to help pay the £22,000 legal fees needed to secure his release.

Les’s friend, dental nurse Laura Weston, wrote on GoFundMe: “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.

“He had a connecting flight from Oman and was detained.

Les Bragg GoFundMe

She went on: “He is now in prison in Oman and was forced to sign a document in Arabic incriminating him. He’s been trapped in prison since without any permission for contact.

“The conditions in prison are terrible and Les hasn’t eaten for days.

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“We’re really worried about him and desperately want to get him home safe to his family and loved ones. The Omani lawyers are asking for £22,000 to release him.

“Please help us get our wonderful friend out of danger – any donation you could spare would be greatly received. Many thanks in advance for your generosity.”

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are supporting a British man and his family following his arrest in Oman and are in contact with the Omani authorities.”

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