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The UAE has frozen the assets of the Kinahan drug trafficking gang, adding to international pressure on an organisation that has deep ties with boxers and promoters at the highest levels of the sport, the Financial Times (FT) said.
The UAE authorities were continuing to investigate the Irish organised crime group in parallel with authorities in the US, UK, Ireland and Spain, the FT added.
“The relevant authorities co-operate closely on cases involving foreign elements, in line with the UAE’s international commitments and national legal framework for combating illicit activity,” the FT said, adding that the asset freeze includes all personal and corporate bank accounts.
The announcement of the asset freeze on one of Europe’s most notorious crime syndicates comes after the US Treasury last week imposed sanctions on the Kinahan group and seven of its members including Christopher Kinahan and his two sons, Daniel and Christopher Jr.
The new law, which was published in the Official Gazette of the UAE, states that people who are caught bringing food, drinks and items containing cannabis into the country will not go to prison, if it is proven that they were carrying those items for the first time.
Dubbed "66," the proactive operation was professionally carried out by the General Department of Anti-Narcotics, who closely monitored the suspects as they attempted to smuggle the narcotic pills on a refrigerated container containing boxes of lemons and plastic drug containers disguised as lemons.
If there ever was a danger that upended normal lives, apart from the coronavirus that is, it is drug addiction. It has thrown millions of lives out of gear, the most vulnerable being youngsters. And once the person falls victim to it, it is open season.
In Chicago, one of America’s most violent cities, drug arrests have plummeted 42 per cent in the weeks since the city shut down, compared with the same period last year. Part of that decrease, some criminal lawyers say, is that drug dealers have no choice but to wait out the economic slump.
Sheikh Sultan has ordered the release of 399 prisoners of different nationalities from Sharjah's correctional and punitive establishments, ahead of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Qatar's Interior Ministry described the building as a four-story structure in Doha's Bin Durham neighborhood. It said rescuers found seven survivors, while the one person killed had been inside the building at the time of the collapse.
A large number of diplomatic corps, officials of the UAE, prominent business individuals and Pakistani community residing in the UAE participated in the event.