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Israeli held over Dubai drugs haul, may seek repatriation – lawyer

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JERUSALEM, Oct 13 (Reuters) – An Israeli has been arrested in Dubai on a drugs cost and may seek repatriation for any trial or ensuing jail time period, his lawyer stated on Wednesday in a case that might check fledgling relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

The suspect denies wrongdoing. His Israeli lawyer, Ori Ben-Nathan, stated the suspect was arrested on Oct. 5 at a Dubai condominium the place UAE authorities stated 500 kg (1,100 kilos) of cocaine had been stashed.

He might face life behind bars within the UAE if convicted of a drugs crime.

The UAE’s Foreign Ministry and Dubai Media Office didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

On Sunday, the workplace stated Dubai police had seized greater than $136 million price of pure cocaine, with an individual – described solely as being of Middle East origin – held on suspicion of serving as an middleman for a global drug syndicate. learn extra

“Our goal is to have him sent back over here, as soon as possible, for prosecution, if that is warranted, and any outcome,” Ben-Nathan instructed Reuters.

He stated his consumer stated he went to the Dubai condominium for what he believed can be a purchase order of designer cellphones.

Ben-Nathan stated he knew of no repatriation settlement between Israel and the UAE “given that relations are so recent”. The nations cast formal ties final 12 months.

Similar drugs offences might carry jail sentences of a number of years in Israel, however lower than within the UAE, he stated.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has declined remark apart from to say it was offering the suspect with consular help.

Writing by Dan Williams, Editing by Timothy Heritage

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