DUBAI // A tourist who was found not guilty of smoking hashish in his hotel room will now serve four years in jail after prosecutors successfully appealed against his acquittal.
Indian S M, 32, was arrested on September 15 last year after a tip-off to Dubai Police’s anti-narcotics department.
Police raided his hotel room but did not find any drugs on him, although a urine test found he had used hashish.
Last December, S M told the Dubai Criminal Court that he had taken it because “people in my country consume the drug”.
He admitted a charge of using hashish.
“It’s OK in India, everyone takes hashish,” S M said when judges asked him whether he was guilty of taking the drug.
Emirati police officer H A, 21, testified that S M was arrested at about 1am on September 15 last year at a hotel in Al Muraqqabat.
The reason for S M’s initial acquittal was not given.
Following the prosecutors’ appeal against the verdict, the court of appeal overturned the acquittal and jailed S M for four years.
He will be deported after serving his jail term.
Published: December 11, 2015 04:00 AM