DUBAI // Three Britons convicted on Monday for possession of the synthetic cannabis "spice" have the right to appeal against their sentence, the attorney general in Dubai has told the state news agency Wam.
The UAE has a "zero-tolerance policy for drug use and distribution", Issam Al Humaidan said.
Mr Al Humaidan said the three - each sentenced to four years in jail by the Criminal Court - did not file an official complaint or any legal action after alleging they were tortured by police.
An internal investigation found the allegations to be baseless, he said.
The three men, Grant Cameron, 25, Karl Williams, 26, and Suneet Jeerh, 25, will be deported after serving their sentences. They have been in jail since July.
The court noted they were not arrested while selling the drug, and said none of the prosecution witnesses, including the arresting officers, had said anything that suggested the men were intending to sell the drug.
The witnesses, said the court, had not even asked the men whether they intended to sell the spice.
The sentence is subject to appeal within 15 days.