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UAE : Death Sentence for two for selling drugs through social media

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00

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UAE Drug Laws, Narcotics Act, Crime, Death Sentence,

Two Filipino nationals were sentence to death by the Criminal Court of Abu Dhabi for of possession and dealing in narcotics and psychotropic substances. Exhibiting compliance with the strict UAE Laws on Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances, the court ordered the confiscation and destruction of the seized products, confiscation of the telephones sets and all objects used in the execution of the crime. The two have been accused of dealing in illegal drugs using WhatsApp to supply the illicit substances to for dealers outside the country.
It is learnt that huge amount of money was in exchange of the narcotic substances to drug dealers abroad and that amounts were being deposited in uninhibited locations beforehand. The coordinates of the locations were communicated through social media like WhatsApp. 
Media reports suggested that the police presented the evidence of the case following investigations which was referred to the Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution. A warrant was issued for the arrest of the suspects and a search their whereabouts. 
The police carried out search operations at suspected locations including residences of some and found suspicious crystalline substance that proved following analysis to be a prohibited psychotropic substance. Mobile phones used by the accused were also found which concluded that the two used them to sell the drugs through social media.
It could be recalled that the Abu Dhabi court had sentenced a Pakistani national to death in the third week of December 2021, after he was found guilty of selling drugs through the medium of WhatsApp. Federal Decree Law No. 30 of 2021 On Combating Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances takes serious concern in procession and trade of banned substances in the UAE.

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