Friday, 2 May 2008

Aust man jailed for drug offence in Dubai: report

An Australian has been jailed for four years in the Gulf emirate of Dubai after being found with 0.55 grams of cannabis and testing positive for the drug, a newspaper reported.

The 43-year-old, whose name was given only as S.A., was convicted of "possessing and consuming" cannabis. He was arrested at Dubai airport on January 14 after arriving from the Congo.

It was alleged that the man had admitted he was given the drugs during a three-day trip to Dubai by an African man who told him to hand the package over to an accomplice when he arrived in Britain.

Dubai, one of the seven member states in the United Arab Emirates, is a popular tourist destination and imposes tough penalties for all drug-related offences.

Four years is the usual sentence for possession while trafficking carries the death penalty.

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