Abu Dhabi: A British man who was sentenced to dying for allegedly promoting medication in Dubai can have a contemporary listening to within the case.
Abu Dhabi Federal Supreme Court docket overturned the dying sentence towards the 54-year-old mechanic for promoting two kilos of Heroin value $30,000 (Dh110,340) to an undercover policeman in 2018. The court docket revoked the dying sentence ruling and ordered a brand new panel of judges to listen to the case once more.
He had been arrested after the Dubai police officer posed as a buyer to purchase the Heroin. The policeman had earlier purchased a number of grammes of the drug to check and ensure whether or not it was certainly heroin.
The British defendant claimed he was in want for cash to purchase a ticket to the UK as he was stranded in Oman. “I used to be stranded in Oman and known as a buddy again within the UK, asking to borrow cash from him. However he advised me to go to Dubai for a fast job in return for $1000. So I took a bus to Dubai,” the defendant mentioned on report.
He was contacted by his buddy within the UK who advised him a Pakistani man would meet and provides him some pocket cash and a package deal. His buddy then knowledgeable him that one other man [the drug buyer] would come to choose up the package deal from him. The defendant met the undercover policeman whereas the provider stood close by. Each males had been arrested after the undercover policeman was handed the medication.
“My buddy within the UK used my monetary scenario and obtained me concerned within the operation. This was my first time in drug enterprise,” the defendant mentioned on report.
Two Iranian males had been later arrested and had been charged with smuggling the Heroin into the nation.
In Might 2019, the Briton and the 45-year-old Pakistani man had been sentenced to dying by Abu Dhabi Court docket of First Occasion for possessing medication with the aim of promoting them. The opposite two males, aged 45 and 46, had been cleared of the cost towards them.
The British defendant’s authorized guide Hasan Elhais of Al Rowaad Advocates took the case to the appeals court docket, citing procedural errors, Elhais mentioned in a press release. Elhais mentioned invalid arrest procedures was one of many errors, whereas the opposite level of competition was that the decision didn’t make clear if the panel of three judges on the Court docket of First Occasion was unanimous in its verdict, which is obligatory in issuing a dying penalty underneath UAE legal guidelines.
“The undercover policeman was a Pakistani nationwide and his testimony was taken with out the presence of a authorized translator,” mentioned Elhais. “Additionally, a panel of judges heard the case in the beginning, however then a unique panel took over and issued the decision, which is inconsistent with the regulation,” he added.
The court docket of attraction upheld the sentence in April this 12 months, following which, the case was heard by the Supreme Court docket, which cited failures in implementing the court docket procedures.
A date for contemporary trial will likely be set later.