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French politician Rachida Dati’s brother detained for drugs

Jamal Dati, brother of European Parliament member and former French justice minister Rachida Dati, was arrested by Belgian police after being caught at the border carrying drugs, judicial sources said Thursday.

Dati was arrested on Wednesday afternoon when driving across the border from Maastricht in The Netherlands with 30 grammes of heroin and five grammes of marijuana.

The 38-year-old, who was placed behind bars in Liege, is facing charges of “importing drugs”.

The former minister’s younger brother, Jamal was given a one-year sentence in France in August 2007 for drug dealing.

Last year he published a book of memoirs titled “In Rachida’s Shadow” delving into his fraught relations with his sister who no longer spoke to him face to face, he said.

Another of her brothers, Omar Dati, was also sentenced in 2007 to eight years behind bars for drugs trafficking, his second sentence for dealing in drugs.

Dati was dropped from the French government last year and is now a European lawmaker and mayor of Paris’s posh seventh arrondissement.