DUBAI // A Dubai-based American contractor who fought with undercover officers, claiming they were Taliban when they arrested him on drug charges, was sentenced to nine years in prison by the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance today.
The 27-year-old KJ, who had worked as a contractor in Afghanistan, was arrested on September 18, 2010, by narcotics officers in Pakistani national dress, records show.
He wrestled with them, screaming “they are not police”. A witness told prosecutors the man feared for his life and thought the men were Taliban insurgents who wanted to kidnap him.
KJ was sentenced to four years in prison for possession and consumption of 10 grams of hashish and five years for facilitating 2.8 grams to another person to consume. He was also fined Dh20,000 for the facilitation charge.
Prosecutors said he was arrested after a taxi driver told police he had been offered hashish by a passenger. KJ will be deported after serving his jail term.
The verdict is still subject to appeal.