An unnamed British man is facing execution by firing squad in United Arab Emirates (UAE) after he was caught selling just three quarters of an ounce (less than 20 grams) of cannabis to undercover cops in Abu Dhabi.
"We can confirm that a British national is facing the death penalty in the United Arab Emirates," a spokesperson from the British Embassy told reporters following his sentencing.
"We will remain in close contact with him and continue to provide the appropriate consular assistance,” they said. (Fox News)
The young Brit was busted alongside a 19-year-old Syrian in a sting operation staged by local cops and will be able to launch an appeal in the next two weeks. His mother reportedly collapsed outside the courtroom after their sentencing (both friends received the death penalty).
Radha Stirling, founder of Detained in Dubai, called for Western media to highlight the case to warn ‘impressionable youth’ so they are ‘fully aware of the realities and risks of visiting the UAE’.
“We call on the UK and other national governments to immediately initiate a communications campaign to adequately and properly warn their citizens of the unusual and unexpected risks of stopping over, vacationing, doing business, investing, etc. in the UAE until the country modernises its laws— to parallel the country’s initiatives to desperately attract foreign visitors, vacationers, employees, etc.,” Ms Stirling declared.
“Until then, we advise all foreign nationals to avoid travel to and through the UAE, because the risks are simply not worth it,” she added.
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