Four years jail for British DJ
There’s yet another example of the zero-tolerance policy in the UAE to drugs.
The British Radio 1 disc jockey Grooverider (real name Raymond Bingham) had 2.16 grams of cannabis in his pocket when he arrived to do a show in Dubai.
The excuses of ” It was a small amount. Back home I would not even get prosecuted.” and “he was unaware of the laws” were quite rightly ignored by the court.
The minimum sentence of four years jail was handed down.
I’ve talked about it before on Metblog – there has been extensive media coverage, the internet and blogosphere has plenty of information, the British Foreign Office (and many other countries’) Travel Information warn of the laws.
Yet people still come here carrying drugs.
The onus is on visitors to any country to check the laws before they arrive. Particularly those stupid enough to be drug users.
The story is reported in the Times of London.