Court Upholds Youth’s Jail Term for Carrying Hashish

ABU DHABI - The Federal Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the lower court’s verdict sentencing a 19-year-old Arab man to four years in jail for possessing 6 grams of hashish upon entering the country via Abu Dhabi International Airport.

By Adel Arafa

Published: Sat 30 Jan 2010, 1:43 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:40 PM

He will be deported after serving his jail term. The airport security officials found the contraband in a pair of trousers in the baggage of the defendant.

The defendant told investigators that he did not smoke hashish or consume any other drugs and had no idea that the contraband was in his baggage.

He said he used to share his clothes with his brothers and one of them might be using drugs and wearing the trousers. He might have forgotten the contraband in the pocket.

The Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance found him guilty and sentenced him to four years in jail followed by deportation. At the Abu Dhabi Court of Appeals, the defendant pleaded fro his acquittal citing a lab report which proved that he had not consumed any drugs. The Appellate Court, however, upheld the lower court’s verdict.

Based on his admission that the drug was found in the trousers in his bag, the apex court also turned down his petition and upheld the previous verdict.

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