British Man Receives Death Sentence For Selling Under an Ounce of Marijuana in the United Arab Emirates

 by lucy

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.

7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    Deadhead5 said on Jun 26, 2012

    messed up

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    Ecoastbudz said on Jun 26, 2012

    Bottom line, dont go there to sell weed!!

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    Tokeahontas said on Jun 26, 2012

    Shows us how lucky we are…. even though things with the feds suck, at least we aren't facing the death penalty!

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    BA said on Jun 27, 2012

    Oh please, this doesn't show us how "lucky" we are….

    Just because UAE is batshit crazy when it comes to drug laws doesn't mean that our batshit crazy drug laws are suddenly okay.

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    SBStoner said on Jun 27, 2012

    Am i the only one here who thinks its completely ridiculous that the last execution before this one was of a convict who raped and killed a 4 year old?? is selling UNDER AN OUNCE of marijuana as bad as abusing and murdering a child??? this world is FUCKED UP.

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    axonmiracle said on Jun 27, 2012

    My momma always said if you cant say anything nice don't say anything…so there isn't a damn thing I can say about this fucking retarded situation.

  7. 1

    CrAiG420 said on Jul 3, 2012

    Middle East= bad decision to sell weed. "live" and learn……. wait nvm. :I

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