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British man faces Dubai jail for smoking cannabis before he traveled there

Submitted by: Odio @ 02:54 PM | Saturday, December 16, 2017 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)

A British man is facing two years in a horrific Dubai prison after cannabis was found in his bloodstream. He claims he smoked the drug in the UK before travelling to the Gulf country to turn over a new leaf.
Connor Clements, 24, from Liverpool, says he had been sleeping on the floor of a cell with 25 others before being released on bail. Flying to Dubai to change his life and to start work as a waiter, he was arrested after medical tests at his new job revealed traces of cannabis.

Because of the United Arab Emirates zero-tolerance policy on drugs, the presence of cannabis in the bloodstream is classed as possession.

During a court hearing which, Clements claims, lasted less than a minute, he was sentenced to two years in prison and is now out on bail, ahead of his appeal hearing just before Christmas. His passport has been confiscated.

The Everton man told the Liverpool Echo: They are saying I smoked it here - but I did [it] back home, they have got no proof... I used to smoke a lot back home.
He added that he moved to Dubai because he had become stuck in a rut and wanted a fresh start. I came here to stop everything. It was a chance for me to change my life. But its been nothing but a nightmare," he said.

Following his arrest, Clements spent several weeks in a Dubai prison, describing the experience as horrific." He said the prison is atrocious. I didnt even go outside once. It was a living nightmare. They put me in a room with 25 people, I was sleeping on the floor. I didnt know what to do. I cant speak Arabic. No-one spoke English. It was outrageous. I dont want to go back in prison."

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21 year old Brit faces jail in Dubai just for witnessing punch up in hotel bar

Submitted by: Odio @ 05:17 PM | Friday, December 1, 2017 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)

A British woman could go to jail for a Dubai bar fight she wasnt even in. The row broke out between her friends and a drunk Swedish man, but it is Asa Hutchinson who is facing prison time because she lives in the UAE.
The 21-year-old, who originally hails from Chelmsford in Essex, claims that she was not even present when the fisticuffs broke out between the drunken 50-year-old man and her friends.

The group were leaving Dusty's bar and restaurant in the Dubai International Financial Centre district when the fight broke out. Hutchinsons pals had been taking photos with the intoxicated man, a technology company executive, who was passed out on a couch. He woke up during the impromptu photoshoot and started swinging.
Hutchinson claims she returned to the lobby upon hearing the commotion, but was not involved in the fracas.

The drunken Swede complained to police that the boys had taken his photo without consent and had been rude, both of which are against the law in Dubai. Hutchinsons friends paid a cash deposit to police to get their passports returned to them, which they promptly used to flee the country.

Hutchinson has been arrested in their stead, charged with assault and theft after the 50-year-olds reading glasses went missing in the commotion. Hutchinson could face up to six months in prison over the incident.

Although the drunken man was the one throwing punches, the first person to lodge a complaint with police is the one most likely to be believed in the eyes of Dubais legal system.

It is so unfair. I was not involved. I just happened to be there, but the police are not interested in anything I have to say, Hutchinson said. Once the man made his complaint, it was taken as fact. I cant go to jail, I couldnt cope.

Hutchinsons father, Iain, told the Times that the Swedish man that came out swinging should be the one languishing in jail. This older guy was the one hitting everyone he is picking on my young daughter, he said.

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