ERC aids the fight against cholera
A man has been sentenced to life in prison after being caught in possession of 5.7kg of synthetic cannabis known as spice. Abu Dhabi Criminal Court handed down the sentence to the British national after he was found guilty of possession and dealing. His three colleagues, also from the UK, were charged over the same offences but were acquitted. Prosecutors earlier told court that the three men and a woman were arrested following a tipoff to Abu Dhabi Police’s Anti-Narcotics Department. Court documents stated that police had tracked down the group and arrested them at a hotel in the capital. Two of the defendants were expats and the other two, described as childhood friends, were on holiday to celebrate a birthday. Officers searched the car of the man who had picked up the visitors from the airport and found 5.76kg of spice hidden in jackets inside a bag. They had all denied possessing drugs throughout their trial. The main defendant in the case denied any knowledge of the drugs. He said at an earlier hearing: “I was surprised when police came and arrested us while I was with my friends in the hotel lobby.” He said there were no drugs on him or in his hotel room and was not near the car when the drugs were found. Defendants convicted at a first instance court can appeal the verdict and sentence. Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has sent urgent medical supplies to a number of hospitals in Aden to prevent the spread of cholera. An outbreak of cholera has caused death of a number of patients in the Yemen port city. The central laboratory at Al Jumhouriya hospital received the oral rehydration solution (ORS) to help examine suspected cases of cholera. The ERC also delivered 20 barrels of chlorine as part of a contribution to fight against the spread of the disease. In Aden, the ERC team provided the ORS to the coordinator of the World Health Organisation ( WHO) in Yemen, Dr Mohammed Cleese. He thanked the ERC on the speedy response and added that these solutions were sufficient to examine 500 suspected cases. He also welcomed the rapid response by the UAE to meet the needs of the organisation for these solutions. Medical sources said that a number of people with cholera continues to increase, and called on the government and local authorities to take action to deal with the situation, especially in Dar Saad, Al Mansoura and Al Ma’li Alli and Al Basateen districts. This move coincides with an awareness campaign organised by the ERC in schools and health centres on the ways and methods of prevention of cholera. WHO warned in a statement posted on Twitter that there has been an increase in cholera cases in Yemen, saying “it has reached a worrying stage that should not be ignored”. The UAE recently signed agreements with the WHO to develop the health sector in Yemen through programmes worth Dhs50.5 million.
SUFFERING: The residents in Yemen