United Arab Emirates ; Despite drug use, the foreigner escaped deportation

Dubai court cancels deportation of Uzbek man convicted of possession and possession of personal drugs under new drug law effective January 2, 2022

Dubai (Urdu Point Latest Newspaper. December 15, 2021) A foreigner escaped deportation despite using drugs in the United Arab Emirates. Cancels deportation of Uzbek man convicted of using and possessing According to the Khaleej Times, the 40-year-old man was arrested on September 22, when Dubai police officers found a drug in his car after receiving a tip-off that the man’s urine test showed he had drugs. The use of the drug was confirmed, which he also admitted in a Dubai court, after which the court on November 18 convicted the man of drug use and possession and ordered deportation and a fine of 5,000 dirhams.
However, the man’s Emirati lawyer, Mohammed al-Redha, appealed against the decision, citing Article 75 of the new anti-drug law, which deported former foreigners convicted of drug use or possession for personal use. He also referred to Article 13/1 of the Federal Penal Code, which states that if a more appropriate law is enacted for the accused after the offense and before the final judgment is issued, a more appropriate law will be applied. Should be done exclusively.
In defense of the man, the lawyer told the court that the accused had been living in the country for 20 years and had no criminal record. However, he also expressed regret over his mistake in his confessional statement during the court proceedings. On December 7, the Dubai Court of Appeal quashed the deportation order against the convict but upheld the fine of 5,000 dirhams. Which makes deportation optional.
It is worth mentioning here that Federal Order No. 30 of 2021 was issued to deal with drugs and psychotropic substances, among the major legislative reforms of the UAE, which was announced last month. Effective January 2, 2022, will include significant changes, including the rehabilitation of first-time drug users and the voluntary deportation of foreign drug offenders.

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