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Drug smugglers lose appeal over life term in UAE

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on September 16, 2020 | Last updated on September 16, 2020 at 09.28 pm
Drug smugglers, lose, appeal, life term, UAE

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The top court upheld the earlier rulings of lower courts, which handed the life term.

Two drug smugglers who were sentenced to life in prison had lost their appeal at the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi. The Asian men were caught with crystal meth, with one of them swallowing 100 meth capsules to get the drugs into the country.

The top court upheld the earlier rulings of lower courts, which handed the life term.

The duo was caught after one of them managed to get past the border carrying the drugs and was handing them to the second defendant, court records showed. When the police nabbed the men, the first accused had given them 12 capsules, but several others were in his stomach.

He was then taken to a hospital, where doctors were able to pull out around a hundred drug capsules.

The first defendant said someone from his home country promised him cash and gave him the drugs to deliver them to the second accused, who is a UAE resident.

Both the Criminal Court of First Instance and the Appeals Court found them guilty of dealing and smuggling drugs. 



Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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