4 years in prison on drug charges

ABU DHABI — The Supreme Federal Court has convicted a man acquitted by the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of charges of possessing hashish and drug abuse.

By Wael Yusef

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Published: Thu 1 Sep 2005, 10:19 AM

Last updated: Wed 26 Apr 2023, 4:26 PM

Mahmoud Rajab Abdul Aal has been sentenced to four years in jail to be followed by his deportation.

Abdul Aal was accused by the public prosecution of possessing hashish and drug abuse, but the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court acquitted him on the technical ground that the narcotic was found in his house without a search warrant. The prosecution then went in appeal to the federal court.

Abdul Aal submitted that the evidence furnished against him was invalid in the absence of a legal order for searching his house and taking a sample of his urine for a narcotic test. However, the Federal Court, while turning down the plea of the accused, observed that the house search was legal. It also pointed out that the law had not specified the organisational procedures for urine test. Hence, all procedures were appropriate, especially since the accused had previously confessed to have possessed the hashish.

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