Britons jailed in Dubai amid drug charges

2013-04-29 15:20

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Dubai - A Dubai court has sentenced three British tourists to four years in prison on drug charges in a case that drew international scrutiny over claims of abuses in custody.

The allegations of torture brought a statement of concern from British Prime Minister David Cameron, but Dubai authorities have denied any wrongdoing.

The trio, identified as Suneet Jeerh, Grant Cameron and Karl Williams, were arrested last July with what police said was the synthetic drug known as Spice. The men deny the charges. They claimed they faced abuse by police, including electric shocks and beatings.

Monday's conviction and sentence can be appealed within 15 days. The court also ordered the men to be deported after they complete their sentences.

Spice

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse "'Spice' refers to a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and that are marketed as "safe," legal alternatives to that drug."

Spice contains dried and shredded plant material mixed with chemical additives which are responsible for psychoactive effects.

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