Jail term of drug abuser quashed

ABU DHABI — A drug abuser has been spared his four-year jail term because of the failure of the police to take the Prosecution’s permission before arresting him.

By Adel Arafah

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Published: Tue 27 Feb 2007, 9:35 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:36 AM

As per the court records, the accused had assaulted his maid, following which she had lodged a complaint with the police. The accused was detained, and later referred for medical tests as he was suspected of drug abuse.

Traces of hashish were found in his urine sample, and he was referred to the Prosecution, which charged him with drug abuse.

The Criminal Court of First Instance sentenced him to four years in prison.

The accused then moved the Criminal Court of Appeal, which also confirmed the verdict of the lower court.

The accused contested the judgment in the Federal Supreme Court, contending that the previous ruling should be declared null and void because the procedures were not followed properly and the police had arrested him without seeking the Prosecution’s permission.

The Apex Court ruled in favour of the accused and quashed the judgments of the lower courts.

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