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Sohaila Ahmed, Staff Reporter
The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced an Asian visitor to 10 years jail, and payment of a Dhs50,000 fine followed by deportation, for smuggling 586g of heroin in his stomach.
A switched-on customs officer noticed the nervy behaviour of the visitor and, doubting his moves, asked him to undergo a body scan. He found suspicious-looking substances inside his stomach.
When interrogated, the suspect confessed to smuggling the heroin into the UAE.
Recently, the Dubai Police Anti-Narcotics Department has thwarted the biggest drug trafficking operation worldwide (Pule2), involving 5.6 tonnes of Captagon pills worth Dhs1.8 billion.
On Wednesday, a press conference organised by Dubai Police revealed details of the arrest, in which a gang of four, headed by a 70 year-old Arab man, was attempting to smuggle the drugs in steel cable reels and export it to another Gulf country.
The gang leader was found to receive money and help from charity associations.
Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, said that they have received a tip about a drug shipment from Syria, and immediately worked with Dubai Customs to track down the suspected truck.
The defendant was caught in the possession of crystal meth drugs, and admitted to facilitating it to another female defendant without any charge.
A watchman groped and tried to abuse a watchwoman. His colleague vowed to abuse her for seeking police help, a jury heard on Tuesday.
The Dubai Criminal Court on Sunday heard a case in which two Asians were accused of exchanging assault with one of them attempting to kill the other with a knife.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid noted the UAE’s progress in the energy sector: “Today, we operate two of the largest solar plants in the world and we will soon break ground on a third that is even larger. The UAE is home to the International Renewable Energy Agency, and we also invested in successful renewable projects in 70 countries around the world by providing concessional capital that makes sound economic sense. We believe that renewable energy is the answer to building a better future for humanity.”
Humanitarian organisations have accused the Libyan coast guard and European authorities of failing to meet their responsibilities to save lives. A Libyan coast guard official told The Associated Press that they searched for the boat but could not find it with their limited resources.
Daily infections hit 332,730 on Friday, up from 314,835 the previous day when India set a new record, surpassing one set by the United States in January of 297,430 new cases. The US tally has since fallen.
Giving out the verdict, the court told the chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) to sell Sharif’s shares. Authorities may proceed with any auction that they do not receive an objection against.