Student on trial claims drug use outside UAE

Dubai Criminal Court is considering the case of a student accused of smoking narcotic cigarettes. (File)

Dubai Criminal Court is considering the case of a 24-year-old Egyptian student accused of smoking narcotic cigarettes.

The student had admitted to police he had used a narcotic substance during his week-long visit to India from March 30 to April 5.

The accused had confessed that he was taking was one hashish cigarette a day during his stay there.

But, based on a report of the forensic laboratory, police charged the student with consuming narcotics after returning to the UAE.

According to the police, a urine test proved the presence a narcotic compound on July 8, 93 days after he had returned to the UAE, proving that he accused had used drugs while in the UAE. Traces of narcotics can be found in the body of the user for a maximum of 60 days, according to the police.

The Court has adjourned the case to September at the request of the accused's defence.

According to UAE law, drug users can be imprisoned for four years but can be acquitted if the drug abuse happened outside the country.



 

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