A 21-year-old British man has been sentenced to death in the UAE after he was found guilty of attempting to sell 3/4 of an ounce of marijuana to an undercover police officer.
The British Embassy spoke out but did not reveal much information. They stated, “We can confirm that a British national is facing the death penalty in the United Arab Emirates. We will remain in close contact with him and continue to provide the appropriate consular assistance.” The name of the man and details of the case were not revealed.
In the Emirates, initial court verdicts are usually subject to appeal. Convicted criminals are frequently pardoned or provided lesser sentences. The country’s legal system is strongly rooted in traditional values, placing heavy penalties on drug or indecent behavior related charges.
For examples, in the past few years, foreigners have been arrested in the country for kissing in public and flipping off a driver in another car.
The last execution to take place in the UAE was in February 2011. The man who was executed had been convicted of raping and killing a 4-year-old boy. Executions are relatively rare in the country, but do take place.