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Five high-profile arrests in the UAE
Many expatriates face jail terms in the UAE for crimes ranging from indecency to murder. Here are a few cases that caught international media attention.
August 5, 2009 1:57 by Aarti Nagraj
Thousands of expatriates faced time in jail or were arrested in the UAE in the last year, reports The National. More than 1,600 Indians, 300 Filipinos, 50 Nepalese and 25 Britons were imprisoned, their embassies told the newspaper. And according to the report, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that 91 Australians have been arrested in the UAE since January 2008; Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs says 17 of its nationals are in jail here; and the US Embassy says that 20 Americans contacted it for assistance after arrest.
Here are some of the expatriate arrests made in the UAE in the last few years that had people talking.
1. The ‘sex on the beach’ case in July 2008 caught the world’s attention, and even began to influence the way people looked at Dubai.
Michelle Palmer, a British expat resident in Dubai, and UK-based Vince Acors were accused of engaging in sexual activity outside of wedlock on Jumeirah beach. Both were sentenced to three months in prison followed by deportation in October. However, in November the court suspended their jail term, and the two were deported back to Britain. They were also fined AED1,000 for drinking alcohol in public.
2. Another British case in the spotlight was the arrest of the radio DJ Grooverider in November 2007, after he was caught with 2.16 grams of cannabis at the airport. Although sentenced to four years in jail, he was released in September 2008 after receiving a pardon from the Dubai Royal Family.
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