accused confess to smuggling in 20kg hashish across the border
2 men accused of smuggling narcotics and firing at police officers while
resisting arrest could get the death penalty, the Public Prosecution said on
The suspects, 26-year-old Emirati M.K.S and 20-year-old Yemeni F.A.A, have been
charged with using, smuggling and possessing a narcotic substance (hashish) for
the purpose of trading, possessing an unlicensed firearm and resisting law
At hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday, they confessed to smuggling in 20kg of
hashish through the UAE's borders with a neighbouring country by hiding it in
their car's spare tyre. The suspects confessed they set up a meeting with
buyers — who were undercover officers — to sell the drugs.
After confirming the availability of the drugs and the money that was agreed
on, the officers attempted to arrest the suspects, resulting in one of the
suspects opening fire on the two officers with an unlicensed firearm.
The suspect who fired at the officers fled the scene, but Abu Dhabi Police, in
cooperation with Criminal Investigation Department officers, was able to arrest
him when he tried to flee the country through the Al Madam area.
The AD Public Prosecution ordered the imprisonment of the 2 suspects pending
the completion of the investigation. Abu Dhabi's Attorney General also issued a
resolution to set up a committee to look into the case.
(source: Gulf News)