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United Arab Emirates: Drugs

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens were (a) arrested and (b) sentenced for drugs offences in the United Arab Emirates in each of the last five years. (212091)

The number of UK citizens who have been arrested and sentenced for drugs offences in the United Arab Emirates in each of the past five years are as follows:

Abu Dhabi

Drugs related offences:

2004-05—three arrested and sentenced, one arrested and deported in 2006

2006-07—one arrested and sentenced, one arrested and released

2008 to date—one arrested pending judgement.

Dubai

Number

2004

1

2005-06

11

2006-07

33

2007-08

55

April 2008 to date

10

1 Figures for 2004-05 cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.