Why are convicted foreigners deported: UAE Court

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The Federal Supreme Court of the UAE has clarified in a verdict when deportation should be issued against an accused, instead of a jail sentence.
Factors that affect the ruling include: investigating the criminal record of the person; checking whether or not s/he is a danger to the community; investigating conditions and behaviour if the person has a criminal record and circumstances that led to the crime; also the probability of committing another crime.
These are reasons taken into consideration by the court when issuing a deportation verdict.
The Supreme Court confirmed that the penalty of deportation can substitute the penalty of imprisonment, against a foreigner.
The court abolished a provision to replace the penalty of deportation as a substitute for imprisonment.
This came during its ruling in a case where the public prosecution referred two defendants to the Court of First Instance for abusing alcohol.
The Court of First Instance sentenced them to one month in imprisonment and a fine of Dh300.
The accused appealed to the Appeals Court, which issued a judgment of deportation against the two, instead of imprisonment.
The two then appealed the Federal Court.
The defendants said in their appeal that they are non-Muslims and didn’t take alcohol on public roads, but abused it coincidentally.
The court, however, said that the appeal did not include solid reasons which led the court to issue a deportation punishment as a substitute for custodial penalty.
The Federal Supreme Court ruling was based on Article 129 of the Federal Penal Code.


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