Dubai jails UK DJ over drugs

2010-06-28 13:20
Dubai - A Dubai court has sentenced a British DJ to four years in prison after tests revealed traces of cannabis in his blood, The National daily reported on Monday.

"The DJ, identified as 30-year-old AY, was charged with consuming drugs after Dubai police's anti-narcotics department received a tip-off from an informant," the daily said, adding he was sentenced on Sunday.

When police arrested the man in March, no drugs were found on him, but traces of the narcotics were found in his blood.

The disc jockey denied the charges saying that the last time he had smoked the drug was in December while he was in Britain. But prosecutors said that test results showed he consumed the drug after that.

He has two weeks to appeal the sentence, the Abu Dhabi-based daily said.

In 2008, famous British DJ Grooverider was sentenced to four years in prison on similar charges.

The 40-year-old disc jockey, whose real name is Raymond Bingham, was detained at Dubai airport in November 2008 as he arrived to perform a gig in the emirate, after he was found in possession of 2.16 grams of marijuana.

However, he was released after serving 10 months in prison following a special pardon from the Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum.

The UAE imposes tough penalties for all drug-related offences. Four years is the usual sentence for possession while trafficking carries the death penalty.
 

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