Browsing: Airport Arrest

Qatar
Transiting passenger jailed, fined for being intoxicated at HIA

A Doha Criminal Court has sentenced a passenger transiting through Hamad International Airport to three months in jail and imposed a fine of QR3,500 on him for being intoxicated and smoking in an undesignated area. The defendant was arrested after an employee at the airport saw the man smoking in an undesignated area and also found him in an “unstable” state, Gulf Times has reported citing local Arabic daily Arrayah. During police investigation, he admitted to having smoked in the area mentioned above, claiming that he did not know that smoking was banned there. He, however, denied being intoxicated. A blood test, though, proved that the man had consumed alcohol and images captured by surveillance cameras proved that he had smoked in an undesignated area, which led the court to convict him. Smoking in public is banned is Qatar and last week, the Ministry of Public Health had announced a…

Qatar Guides
Guide : Procedures and regulations for carrying medicines to Qatar

Having medicines in your travel bag is second nature to most people, but if you’re not careful, those medicines to relieve a cough or treat painful gastric ulcers can land you in jail. The general rules is that if you are under medication and if you are carrying certain prescribed medicines you must have doctor’s prescription in original and the medicines should be carried along with its original packing and literature so that custom authorities can easily identify them. Some medicines, which are over-the-counter in other countries, are also considered controlled items in Qatar as they produce effects that contravene local laws. Many common cold and cough remedies, which you might assume to be harmless, must be accompanied by a prescription. Some sleeping tablets, painkillers, anti-depressants and hormone replacement therapy drugs are banned here. Some controlled drugs include alfentanil, amphetamine, codeine, fentanyl, ketamine, methadone, methyphenidate and morphine. Guidelines for carrying medicines containing…

Qatar
Indian engineer held in Doha for carrying medicines without prescription

An Indian national who arrived at Doha’s Hamad International Airport on March 1, was detained by the local authorities for carrying medicines without a prescription. According to Gulf Times, the young chemical engineer was also transferred to the Deportation Centre of the Criminal Investigation and Evidence Department (CIED). Indian Embassy’s intervention However, once the issue was brought to the attention of the Indian Embassy by the engineer’s employers, a global oil and gas company, Indian Ambassador Sanjiv Arora intervened and requested the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to look into the issue. Subsequently, Indian Embassy officials headed by the deputy chief of mission R K Singh and a representative of the Indian Cultural Centre informed the Deportation Centre authorities about the developments. Release after finding not guilty After the intervention by the Indian Embassy, the MoI made a further review of the situation and its Drugs Enforcement Department was convinced of the issue…

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Indian housewife cleared of poppy seeds charges

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…

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Guide: Prohibited and restricted items while travelling to GCC

All GCC countries – UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain – have their own list of prohibited items and travellers are advised to take all precaution to ensure that you do not carry such substances; either in person, your luggage or in medicines you may be carrying. Strict penalties include years of imprisonment followed by deportation. Even though, the list of prohibited or banned items are not same for all, below are some of the items that has been banned by all GCC countries. Items banned in all GCC countries All kinds of narcotic drugs Pornographic material – print, video, audio, hard disk etc. Fireworks, weapons & ammunition Chemical and organic fertilisers Pork meat and related products Crude Ivory and Rhinoceros horn Endangered animal species Forged and duplicate currency Radar jammers/other unauthorised communication devices Gambling tools and machineries Radiation polluted substances Drugs, Seeds and Leafs All narcotics and recreational drugs including cocaine,…

UAE
Indian housewife arrested in Dubai for possessing poppy seeds

An Indian housewife claimed in court on Sunday that the poppy seeds that she was caught carrying at the airport were for cooking and she didn’t know that they were a banned substance. Law enforcement officers were said to have stopped the 33-year-old  housewife, A.G., in possession of 255gm of poppy seeds at Dubai International Airport in August. Gulf News reports that Drugs prosecutors accused A.G. of smuggling and possessing poppy seeds for her personal consumption. “I did bring those seeds with me, but I did not know that it was a banned substance. In my country, we use these seeds for cooking and I usually buy them for cooking,” argued the suspect when she entered a not guilty plea before the Dubai Court of First Instance. Meanwhile A.G.’s lawyer contended in court that his client was unfoundedly and illegally detained by Customs officers at the airport. “The defendant is…