Decade for drug dealer

Bus driver has death sen­tence over­turned

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu

A bus driver who was con­victed of pos­sess­ing and deal­ing 336 cap­sules of heroin has had his death sen­tence re­duced to 10 years in jail fol­low­ing an ap­peal.

Of­fi­cial doc­u­ments stated that Abu Dhabi Po­lice ar­rested the Pak­istani man who was driv­ing a bus trans­port­ing labour­ers for a con­tract­ing firm af­ter anti-nar­cotics of­fi­cers found the heroin weigh­ing 2.76kg in three bags that were hid­den inside his house in Musaf­fah.

Prose­cu­tors said po­lice raided the man’s house af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gested he pos­sessed and dealt drugs.

Of­fi­cers said the Pak­istani had con­fessed to po­lice that he used to re­ceive bags of drugs, which were sent to him from his home coun­try so that he would be able to de­liver them to dif­fer­ent peo­ple he claimed he didn’t know.

The man how­ever de­nied know­ing any knowl­edge about the drugs or their re­cip­i­ents in the coun­try.

Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court had ear­lier sen­tenced the Pak­istani to death af­ter he was found guilty of pos­sess­ing and deal­ing drugs.

The man how­ever chal­lenged the ver­dict stress­ing that he was in­no­cent. He told the ap­peal court that the small bags found in his house con­tain­ing heroin was left there by his friend.

The Pak­istani also ar­gued that his friend leav­ing the bags con­tain­ing drugs in his house and with­out his knowl­edge was a plot to land him into trou­ble.

“I have never pos­sessed or dealt drugs,” he said.

“I have worked in the UAE for 12 years now and I have never com­mit­ted any crime dur­ing that pe­riod.” The Pak­istani re­quested that the ap­peal court judge clear him com­pletely.

But the court de­cided to re­duce the orig­i­nal sen­tence and gave him 10 years in jail in­stead.

“I have never pos­sessed or dealt drugs. I have never com­mit­ted any crime in 12 years here.” – Bus driver con­victed of drug deal­ing

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