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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 helpline to report public smokers.