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03 October 2023

2 in UAE selling abortion pills online

Court will issue verdict on June 29. (Reuters)

By Mohammad El Sadafy

Ras Al Khaimah Police in collaboration with Ajman Police arrested two Arabs for trafficking a large quantity of abortion pills and aphrodisiacs, according to a top police official.

Lt-Col Khalid bin Faisal bin Salem Al Qasimi, head of organised crimes section, RAK Police, said,

large amounts of medicines and drugs were confiscated from the two suspects.

Rak Police was acting on a tip-off that an Arab expatriate was selling ‘Cytotec’ pill online, which is administered to pregnant women to induce labour or abortion. “Such serious medicines should never be sold online as the suspect did,” said Lt-Col Al Qasimi.

Police arrested the first suspect red-handed from Ajman, and they learnt that he was assigned by another person to deliver the medicines and deposit money in the latter’s account. The second suspect was also soon arrested.

Lt-Col Al Qasimi said the two suspects have been referred to public prosecution. “The organised crimes section closely monitors and tracks all such online deals for banned products and medicines which may never be bought or sold unless licensed by the official government bodies,” he said and added that health authorities are the only licensed bodies to order or prescribe these medicines.