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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Doctor in Dubai jailed for prescribing drug based on fake diagnosis

One of three charged with providing prosecutors with misleading information about an ongoing criminal case involving possession and consumption of a controlled medication

A doctor who tampered with a drug-related court case by forging a medical report and issuing a prescription for controlled medication, was convicted and sentenced to six months in jail.

A 26-year-old Egyptian man, who was arrested for possessing and consuming the controlled drug Lyrica, visited the Indian doctor, 42, and had him prescribe the drug based on a fake diagnosis.

The Egyptian said the doctor prescribed the drug because he suffered from severe lower back pain. Prosecutors asked him to provide the medical report and prescription.

On April 12, 2016, the Egyptian submitted the report and prescription to prosecutors, who later determined the report had been forged by the doctor and that the prescription was issued based on the forgery. Court records did not disclose whether or not the Indian doctor was promised anything in return for forging the documents.

The doctor, who works for a private clinic, was investigated by the Dubai Health Authority, which fined him Dh20,000 for violating work ethics.

He was not in court to face any of the charges.

The Egyptian and a 32-year-old countryman were convicted of aiding and abetting the doctor by asking him to issue the report and the prescription.

All three were convicted of providing prosecutors with misleading information about an ongoing criminal case.

The trio was sentenced to six months in jail, which will be followed by deportation.

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