Two Get Death Penalty for Drug Trafficking

FUJAIRAH — A court here on Monday sentenced two men to death for drug trafficking and possession of pills of a banned medicine.

By Salah Al Deberkey

Published: Tue 8 Dec 2009, 11:56 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:27 AM

The Fujairah Shariah Criminal Court also found an Uzbekistani woman to be their accomplice and sentenced her to ten years in jail followed by deportation and a fine of Dh50,000.

Two other defendants, an Emirati man and a stateless man, were acquitted for lack of evidence.

According to court records, on July 1 last year, the Anti-Narcotics Section of Fujairah Police was tipped off that a number of suspects were planning to smuggle a huge quantity of narcotic substances to the country with the intent of selling them. A taskforce was formed to keep a watch on the defendants.

After thorough and continuous surveillance on their activities for nearly four months, the team, which worked under the supervision of Brigadier Mohammed Ahmed bin Ghanim Al Ka’abi, Director-General of Fujairah Police, learnt that a consignment of drugs would change hands at a place in Fujairah.

Police swung into action and arrested the five defendants on November 3 last year, and seized 16.2kg of hashish and pills of a banned medicine, which they intended to sell in the emirate.

They were referred to the Public Prosecution, which referred them to the Shariah Criminal Court.

The court panel presided by Judge Ahmed Al Azwari found three of them guilty of different charges and awarded death penalty to two of them.

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