x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Woman on trial 'not the one arrested'

A woman on trial for taking drugs was not the person Dubai Police arrested, hears a court.

DUBAI // A woman on trial for taking drugs was not the person Dubai Police arrested, a court heard yesterday.

MA, a 22-year-old Iraqi who suffers a personality disorder, has been charged with consuming psychotropic drugs and hashish at the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.

But a former Dubai narcotics officer told the judge, Hamad Abdel Latif, that MA was not the woman arrested on January 14.

The prosecution claims that MA was arrested at a shopping mall in al Ghusais after police received a tip-off about a woman taking drugs.

Tests showed that MA had consumed hashish and other drugs. But MA says she was taking prescribed medications to treat psychological problems. She also says an Emirati identified as AH gave her a cigarette containing an unknown substance that affected her mental state.

Saeed al Ghailani, MA's lawyer, asked the officer if he had a warrant when he made the arrest. The officer replied that he did not, but that he had been instructed to make the arrest by superiors who claimed to have one.

A report submitted by the Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital showed that MA was receiving treatment for a borderline personality disorder. The illness affected her behaviour but did not make her unaware of or not responsible for what she was doing, the report said. Mr al Ghailani asked the court to allow a specialist medical expert to testify.

The case was adjourned to February 4.