Three UK plane spotters held in UAE to be released today

(CNN)Three British citizens arrested in the United Arab Emirates after they were found plane spotting near Fujairah airport are to be released Monday, their lawyer, Nasser al-Hashem, tells CNN. The three have been in jail since February 22.

“We made our defense, and the judge made the decision to drop the case,” al-Hashem said. No charges were filed, there will be no travel ban, and the men will not face deportation, he said.

Conrad Clitheroes, 54, and Gary Cooper, 45, were on a five-day visit to the UAE from Manchester when they were arrested. The third man, Neil Munro, is a British national who lives in the UAE.

As a hobby, plane spotters view and photograph aircraft around the world.

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