x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Briton accused of drug dealing in UAE 'suffers from mental illness'

A man accused of dealing drugs after being arrested after leaving a post office with a package containing the drug spice on August 8, suffers from psychosis and depression, the Criminal Court hears.

ABU DHABI // A man accused of dealing drugs suffers from psychosis and depression, the Criminal Court heard yesterday.

AW, a Briton in his early 20s, was arrested after leaving a post office with a package containing the drug spice on August 8.

Plastic bags of drugs and Dh105,000 was found when police searched his home.

The accused had been referred to a psychiatric committee to evaluate his mental and psychological state.

"The report showed three results," his lawyer said. "One, that the defendant suffered psychosis and depression; two, when he was tested by the committee he suffered psychosis and depression; three, during the incident he did not suffer psychosis and depression."

He said the committee was only asked to assess the defendant's mental and psychological state, so it did not make sense for them to state that he was not suffering from any mental illness when the drug incident occurred.

The lawyer presented reports stating that the Briton was receiving treatment for mental illness in the United States, Canada and in Abu Dhabi.

He added that he would prefer if an objective third party, who could be a member of the court's list of experts, attended the next hearing.

But the judge ordered the public prosecution to call the committee itself to a hearing.

He also agreed to a request to transfer the Briton from jail to a psychiatric ward.

The case was adjourned until December 17.

hdajani@thenational.ae