Em­ployee is cleared over drugs theft

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A phar­macy worker who was con­victed of tak­ing medicine from the store with­out pay­ing has been ac­quit­ted on ap­peal. Pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion had charged the Arab phar­ma­cist with a breach of trust and steal­ing the drugs from the store where she worked af­ter her boss com­plained to author­i­ties. Her em­ployer said that in March 2015, the worker took drugs worth Dhs460 with­out pay­ing. Abu Dhabi Court of First In­stance had sen­tenced her to three months in jail and or­dered her de­por­ta­tion. But she chal­lenged the ver­dict to the Ap­peal Court, which re­duced the jail sen­tence to a month and can­celled the de­por­ta­tion. She then went to the Court of Cas­sa­tion, where she ad­mit­ted to tak­ing the medicine but de­nied steal­ing it as her em­ployer claimed. She told the judge she had paid for the medicine the fol­low­ing day and was given a pur­chase bill. The woman said her boss had a griev­ance with her as she was su­ing him over money she felt that was owed to her. She said she was sur­prised when she was later charged with theft. Af­ter hear­ing the case, the Court of Cas­sa­tion cleared the woman of all charges.

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