The lawyer for three British plane aviation enthusiasts who were detained after arousing suspicion while observing aircraft in the United Arab Emirates says a court has dropped charges against the men.

Attorney Nasser Hashem told The Associated Press on Monday that the men would be free to go after the court accepted a defense argument that they were pursuing their hobby of plane spotting and had no ill intent.

Conrad Clitheroe, Gary Cooper and expatriate resident Neil Munro were arrested while examining aircraft in the eastern emirate of Fujairah in February.

Plane spotting enthusiasts enjoy observing planes and noting registration numbers of planes.