A state-aligned newspaper in the United Arab Emirates says a Plano man who was arrested for taking photographs at the Abu Dhabi International Airport has been fined and will be deported.
The National, an English-language newspaper in Abu Dhabi, reported on Monday that 59-year-old Joseph Lee must pay a 10,000-dirham ($2,700) fine.
The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi said it was aware of reports of Lee's detention. Abu Dhabi's Judicial Department did not respond to requests for comment.
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Lee's family told NBC DFW on Nov. 22 that Lee was arrested after being pulled aside by security officials while transiting through Abu Dhabi after a 10-day vacation in Thailand with his son.
His son, Jonathan, said his father began taking photos as security officials were "treating him kind of unfairly in a rude manner."
The Lee family created an online petition to raise awareness to their story. As of publishing Monday, the petition had more than 1,800 signatures.