Israeli arrested over Dubai medication haul, might search repatriation

Emirati and Israeli flags fly upon the arrival of Israeli and U.S. delegates at Abu Dhabi Worldwide Airport, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates August 31, 2020. — Reuters/File
  • Lawyer says suspect was arrested on Oct 5 at an condo the place UAE authorities mentioned 500 kg of cocaine had been stashed.
  • The UAE’s International Ministry and Dubai Media Workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
  • The shopper, nevertheless, says he went to the Dubai condo for what he believed can be a purchase order of designer cellphones.

JERUSALEM: An Israeli has been arrested in Dubai on Wednesday on a medicine cost and should search repatriation for any trial or ensuing jail time period, his lawyer mentioned.

The suspect denies wrongdoing. His Israeli lawyer, Ori Ben-Nathan, mentioned the suspect was arrested on October 5 at a Dubai condo the place UAE authorities mentioned 500 kg (1,100 kilos) of cocaine had been stashed.

He may face life behind bars within the UAE if convicted of a medicine crime.

The UAE’s International Ministry and Dubai Media Workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

On Sunday, the workplace mentioned Dubai police had seized greater than $136 million value of pure cocaine, with an individual – described solely as being of Center East origin — held on suspicion of serving as an middleman for a global drug syndicate.

“Our objective is to have him despatched again over right here, as quickly as attainable, for prosecution, if that’s warranted, and any consequence,” Ben-Nathan advised Reuters.

He said that his shopper mentioned he went to the Dubai condo for what he believed can be a purchase order of designer cellphones.

Ben-Nathan mentioned he knew of no repatriation settlement between Israel and the UAE “on condition that relations are so current”. The nations cast formal ties final yr.

Related medication offences may carry jail sentences of a number of years in Israel, however lower than within the UAE, he mentioned. Israel’s International Ministry has declined remark apart from to say it was offering the suspect with consular help.

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