80 lashes for drink driving

2010-07-27 20:44

Abu Dhabi - An Emirati was sentenced on Tuesday to 80 lashes, in addition to a fine of $7 084, for drink driving offences, The National daily reported in its online edition.

The man, identified only as KHS, had crashed into another car on May 25 in Abu Dhabi. Traces of alcohol were found in his system when he was tested at a police station, the daily said.

He was convicted at the criminal court of first instance of driving under the influence of alcohol, consumption and possession of alcohol, as well as violating public decency, sudden swerving and not abiding by traffic rules, the Abu Dhabi newspaper added.

Consumption of alcohol in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is officially allowed only for licenced non-Muslims. But in practice, everyone can consume alcohol at licenced hotels and clubs.

However, authorities apply a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drink driving.

Whipping is a punishment derived from Islamic Shari'a law, which is a major source for laws in the UAE.

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