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UAE: Court quadruples drug addict's jail term for repeat offence

Staff Reporter /Fujairah
reporters@khaleejtimes.com Filed on February 17, 2021
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Evidence submitted by the prosecution included a blood sample with traces of narcotics.


The Fujairah Court of Appeal has quadrupled a jail term handed down to a drug abuser from six months to two years.

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The lower court had found the defendant guilty of doing drugs, and ordered him to serve six months in jail.

As per court records, the rehabilitating suspect was arrested red-handed while abusing narcotics — despite being subjected to regular drug testing.

The blood sample collected from the ex-drug addict proved that he had consumed narcotic methamphetamine and amphetamine.

He was referred to the Fujairah Public Prosecution, which charged him with abusing narcotics in violation of the law.

The defendant appeared at the Fujairah Court of First Instance, where he denied the charges. However, the court convicted him of doing drugs, and sentenced him to six months in jail.

Being dissatisfied, the suspect challenged the verdict before the Fujairah Court of Appeal, which found him guilty and increased the six-month jail term to two years in prison because the suspect proved to have a criminal record of abusing drugs.

The Court added that it was totally satisfied with the evidence submitted by the prosecution, which included the blood sample with traces of narcotics.

“The ruling is also based on the conclusive testimonies of the Fujairah Police and prosecution,” the court said.

reporters@khaleejtimes.com

Staff Reporter





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