An Indian housewife, who was arrested in Dubai for possessing poppy seeds has been cleared of after she convinced the court that she brought them for cooking purposes without knowing that it is banned in the UAE.
In August this year, law enforcement officers had arrested the 33-year-old housewife, A.G., who was in possession of 255gm of poppy seeds at Dubai International Airport.
When she appeared in the Dubai Court of First Instance, A.G. pleaded not guilty and denied the accusation of smuggling and possessing poppy seeds for personal consumption, a report on Gulf News says.
“I did bring those seeds with me, but I did not know that it was a banned substance. I usually buy them for cooking,” she told the court.
When asked by the judge if she had any knowledge that such seeds could be grown, the woman said: “No. We use these seeds for cooking in India. I did not know that it is a banned substance.”
Her lawyer Saeed Al Gailani argued that his client was unfoundedly and illegally detained by Customs officers at the airport.
The lawyer contended that the the Customs officer did not have the legal justification to stop her and law enforcement procedures were carried out unlawfully against her.
The suspect is a mother of five children and she wouldn’t have risked her life and that of her family had she known that those seeds were drugs, argued Al Gailani, as he produced three packages as a sample before the bench of judges.
Citing lack of evidence, presiding judge Ezzat Mansour cleared the housewife.
However, prosecutors have already appealed the primary ruling and a hearing has been scheduled before the Appeal Court soon.