Crime and Courts

UAE: Expat gets life sentence for dealing drugs

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on January 20, 2021
Photo: Alamy

The man was arrested red-handed when he handed the drugs in exchange for cash.

The UAE’s top court has upheld a lower court verdict that sentenced an expat to life in prison for possessing and dealing drugs.

According to court documents, the man was arrested in a northern emirate as he tried to sell hashish to a police undercover agent.

Prosecutors said the force had obtained information that he possessed narcotic substances for the purpose of trafficking and abuse.

A police officer posed as a buyer and contacted him asking for drugs. The man brought hashish worth Dh500 to the policeman and was arrested red-handed when he handed the drugs in exchange for cash.

The police recovered more drugs from his residence and his blood and urine samples tested positive for drugs.

Prosecutors had charged him with consuming, possessing and dealing drugs. In court, he admitted to consuming drugs but denied dealing the narcotics.

Both the criminal court of first instance and appeals court had earlier sentenced him to life in jail after he was found guilty on all counts.

The man challenged the ruling at the Federal Supreme Court which rejected his appeal and maintained rulings by the lower courts.

He will be deported after serving his jail sentence.


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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