Dubai court cuts sentence given to drug smuggler

Dubai Criminal Court sentenced the Nigerian to life in prison followed by deportation after prosecutors said she sold 1.91g of marijuana to a police source.

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DUBAI // A court has cut the life sentence for smuggling drugs given to an 18-year-old singer who was mistaken for a 30-year-old to four years.

“I am only 18 years old, your honour, and it was a friend of mine who asked me to carry a package but I had no idea what it was,” the Nigerian told judges while kneeling before the Dubai Court of Appeal.

Dubai Criminal Court had sentenced her to life after prosecutors said she sold 1.91 grams of marijuana. Her age was listed as 30 on court documents.

Prosecutors said that on October 25 last year she tried to sell the drugs to a police source posing as a buyer.

An Emirati police lieutenant said the source agreed to meet the suspect near a hospital in Abu Hail to buy marijuana for Dh300.

He said that about midnight she arrived in a taxi and got into the source’s car. Shortly after police raided the car and she was arrested.

Records stated she resisted arrest and tried to escape, but a policewoman pinned her down. She will be deported after serving her term.

salamir@thenational.ae