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Ukrainian model sentenced to one year in jail for (.05g) hashish possession

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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Ukrainian model sentenced to one year in jail for hashish possession

    DUBAI // A Ukrainian model has been sentenced to one year in jail for possessing 0.05 grams of hashish.

    YK, 20, who was working in the city, will be deported after serving her sentence, the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance ruled.

    She was arrested by anti-narcotics officers at Dubai Mall on November 19 after an informant tipped them off that she used the drug.

    The woman pleaded not guilty to the charges, but police said she voluntarily turned over the evidence against her.

    “After we searched her at the police station, we found no illegal substances on her,” a policewoman, Iman al Bulooshi, told prosecutors.

    “She then herself told us that she had a small piece of hashish in her car. She gave us a tiny piece of hashish which was inside her wallet in her car.”

    Blood and urine tests showed no trace of the drug in her system. She has two weeks to file an appeal.

    The UAE has a zero-tolerance policy on drug use and possession; those found guilty of drug possession face up to 10 years in jail. Those convicted of drug trafficking are usually sentenced to life in prison and, in some cases, death.

    A Filipino waiter received a life sentence in January after being found guilty of possessing 0.16 grams of methamphetamine with intent to sell. He was also fined Dh50,000 (US$13,600).

    Another defendant was given a similar punishment on the same day after being stopped with 2.26 grams of the same substance.

    April 6. 2010 8:00PM GMT
    Awad Mustafa
    http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100407/NATIONAL/704069808/1010

Comments

  1. T.McKenna
    SWIM said this is Insane! He is glad he lives in the U.S. They dont give SWIM life!
  2. Samadhi
    Jesus H Christ. That is a long time in jail for such a small amount of drugs. That is sad, I hope the family of both parties has something to say about this, especially the meth posession.

    a no tolerance policy is just ignorant, people do drugs, since men were cavemen they battered their head against the stone to make them feel something other than normal. I mean cmon; Dubai itself is located near the Heroin capital of the world! Sad that someones human experience in this life and on this world can be spent expiring in a cell for dibble-dabbling in drugs in this country.

    What a small minded view with all the other terrible crimes that go unspoken in that part of the world.
  3. John Doe
    I think this week there was a couple sentenced to jail for kissing while eating a meal in a restaraunt there in Dubai also. Someone saw them and took offence and reported them!

    This story is a sad tale indeed, the person who reported her for doing something privately has to be both uneducated and devious. It makes me sad to even think these people who have nothing better to do than destroy other peoples lives for any reason at all exist in the world.

    (If she was openly flaunting it then I retract my last comment which was based upon a fair assumption.)
  4. kratom4all
    Yep its a crazy place Dubai. SWIM lived there for almost 5 years and you new the penalties for drug possession. SWIM was 100% clean the whole time and never even mentioned it. There were several interesting cases while SWIM was there; UK drum n bass dj Grooverider was caught with small amount of Hash and got the standard 4 year prison sentence but was released by the ruler Sheik Mohammad bin Rashid during the Holy Month of Ramadan in 2008. (Not sure if he is a DnB fan but by tradition some prisoners are released at this time) A more interesting case was when a Miami based Dj/producer (sorry dont remember name) flew in for Niomi Campbels birthday party 2007 at the Burj Al Arab hotel and was caught with small amount of Coke, sentenced to 4 years. The very next day another unknown US citizen was also caught with a similar amount and given 4 years. The miami dude was suddenly released and deported while the "unknown" is still in prison. If you know the right people in Dubai you can get away with anything! When you enter one of the many malls in Dubai there are notices that tell you not to show affection in public! Basically if you go to Dubai you have to play by the rules or go to prison, if you don't like it don't go. And remember Dubai is by far the most liberal of all the Arab Emirates, at least you can drink alcohol (and people drink a lot!).
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