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Second British DJ Sent to Dubai Jail for Cannabis Crime

Dubai, UAE : 28 June 2010

A court in Dubai has given a British DJ a sentence of four years in jail when it was discovered that he had cannabis in his bloodstream.

The DJ, who is as yet unidentified but known as ‘A.Y’ was arrested in March by the Dubai police after they received a tip off that he had been consuming drugs. At the time of arrest there were no drugs found on A.Y.’s person but a test revealed recent consumption.

The case has parallels with the earlier conviction, in 2008, of another British DJ, Grooverider, who was sentenced to four years for possession of 2.16 grams of cannabis, but released after serving ten months in jail on a Pardon from the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum.

Drug possession and consumption is treated very seriously in the UAE, with a mandatory sentence of four years if a person is found in possession.  The convicted DJ ‘A.Y.’ now has two weeks in which he can appeal the sentence. Even poppy seeds that are used in some Asian dishes could get you into trouble, so don’t take them with you if you plan to relocate to Dubai for work.

Sarah O'Connell, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market
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