Drug case to be re-tried

ABU DHABI — The Supreme Federal Court has set aside the ruling of Al Ain Shariah Criminal Court and ordered re-trial of two alleged drug dealers who were given life imprisonment by the lower court.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 16 Jun 2005, 10:57 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:01 PM

The court’s decision was based on the fact that as per law, the lower court should have appointed two lawyers and not one solicitor as it had while hearing the case.

The lower court sentenced Nabi Bakhsh Kamil and Adam Fatih Mohammed Ali to life imprisonment after they were found guilty of possessing and trading in opium. The court also sentenced them to one month in jail since they were illegal residents.

The ruling was in accordance with the Islamic Shariah Laws and Federal Law No. 14 of 1995 on anti-opiate substances.

The convicts appealed against the ruling, but the Al Ain Court of Appeal upheld the verdict. The Supreme Federal Court, however, rejected the ruling and ordered retrial.

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