Drug addict to be rehabilitated

ABU DHABI - The Federal Supreme Court, earlier this month, ordered Salem Mohammed, a drug addict, to be admitted to a drug rehabilitation centre.

By Adel Arafah

Published: Fri 18 Aug 2006, 10:06 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:13 PM

Court records show that the Abu Dhabi police nabbed Salem red-handed consuming heroin and hashish inside his car.

The Public Prosecution charged him with drugs abuse, and reckless driving his car as he was driving in the wrong direction under the influence of narcotics.

He was referred to the Abu Dhabi Shariah Court of First Instance, which in April 2003 ordered Salem to be admitted to a drug rehabilitation centre and the confiscation of the contraband drugs found in his possession.

But being dissatisfied with the verdict, the prosecution moved the Abu Dhabi Shariah Court of Appeal.

In July 2004, the appellate court rejected the Public Prosecution petition and upheld the previous judgment.

The Public Prosecution then moved to the the Federal Supreme Court, which also turned down its petition and upheld the earlier lower court rulings - on the ground that the accused being a drug addict was in need for treatment rather than imprisonment.

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