Woman faces drugs charge




A GERMAN expat is standing trial at the High Criminal Court accused of dealing cocaine in nightclubs.

The 39-year-old woman was arrested on May 22 after police found two wraps of the white powder in the kitchen of her house and a further 16 wraps in the closet.

Prescription medication was also found on the premises, the court heard.

Yesterday, the woman tearfully confessed in front of the judges to using the drugs, but denied any involvement in dealing.

She claimed that officers from the Interior Ministry’s anti-narcotics directorate had not clearly explained the charges to her when she was arrested.

‘I was deceived because they only told me that I was convicted with using cocaine but didn’t tell me anything about dealing,’ she said in court.

‘They didn’t call a translator even though I asked them to and they told me to sign some papers to release me, but I was instead taken to the Public Prosecution.

‘The same happened at the prosecution as they asked me to sign papers without explaining the charges to me.’

The woman claimed that she bought the cocaine from a Bahraini businessman, who has fled to Thailand following her arrest.

Meanwhile, her lawyer Manar Maki revealed that the amount of cocaine seized at the woman’s house weighed approximately 0.16 grams, which she said is a ‘clear indication’ that her client was not a drug dealer.

The trial was adjourned until September 22 for review.

Source: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=384203

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