Briton gets 10 years for drugs trafficking in Dubai: report

25th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Briton arrested in possession of nearly two kilograms of cocaine while in transit at Dubai airport was sentenced on Sunday to 10 years in jail for drugs trafficking, an English-language daily reported.

In a story on its Internet website, Abu Dhabi-based The National reported that the 38-year-old, identified only by his initials P.K., was also fined 50,000 dirhams (13,625 dollars).

The man denied charges of possession and trafficking in narcotics when he appeared in court on July 18, the paper added.

On Monday, the Gulf News daily said the Briton had "confessed his guilt."

He had arrived in Dubai on February 10, in transit on a flight from Sao Paolo in Brazil.

Press reports said police seized 94 capsules containing more than a kilo (2.2 pounds) of cocaine that he had in his stomach, and that another 810 grams of the drug were concealed in his underwear.

Dubai belongs to the seven-member United Arab Emirates federation which imposes tough penalties for all drug-related offences. Four years is the usual sentence for possession, while trafficking can carry the death penalty.

© 2010 AFP

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