x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Drugs in man's system were 'traditional medicine'

Man accused of throwing his drink over airport police.


A British man accused of being under the influence of drugs when he threw an alcoholic drink over airport police, is not guilty because he is of African origin and it is traditional in his homeland to boil the drug as a type of medicine, his lawyer has claimed.

Prosecutors told the Criminal Court of First Instance on Sunday that D, an Al Ain resident, had arrived at Abu Dhabi International Airport too late to board his scheduled flight and decided to rebook.

D was said to have become agitated after being approached by airport police who spoke to him in Arabic. After a translator was called, the court heard that D insulted the the officer and threw a glass of win over him.

A lawyer for D said his alleged actions could not have possibly occured. He said D could not have thrown his drink at the policemen because he was in an area where alcoholic drinks were prohibited.

D's lawyer asked the court to check footage from the airport's surveillance cameras.

He dismissed traces of drugs in D's urine sample, pointing out that D is of African origin and claiming that it was traditional in his homeland to take the drug after boiling it, as a type of medicine.

The verdict will be announced on February 21.