x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Addict was 'treating his addiction', Dubai court hears

Drug addict tells court he was arrested one day after he started treating his own addiction.

DUBAI // A drug addict today told the Dubai Criminal Court that he was arrested one day after he started treating himself from addiction.

SE, a 32-year-old Omani, confessed to presiding judge Hamad Abdul Latif that he had been taking drugs for "a long time", but said that on April 22 he came from Oman to Dubai to start a treatment to help him quit.

"I started the treatment by myself and used smaller doses of drugs to ease the withdrawal symptoms," he said.

He told the court that he went to the Iranian hospital in Dubai on April 23 to start the treatment but was arrested the next day and arrested.

He is standing trial on charges of consuming hashish and tramadol.

A verdict was scheduled for July 5.

salamir@thenational.ae