Monday, August 04, 2008

Saudi Judge Busted for Drug Possession in Dubai

How amusing is this? I wonder if he can sentence himself to some lashes, or perhaps even the death penalty?
A SAUDI judge who served as head of an Islamic court has reportedly been arrested in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on charges of possessing and using drugs.

Hamad Salim bin Naif, who served as head of a sharia court in Saudi Arabia, was arrested along with his Moroccan wife after police raided their room in a Dubai hotel on Friday and found four grams of hashish in his possession, the Khaleej Times reported.

The judge confessed that he and his wife take drugs and said he brought the confiscated hashish from Saudi Arabia for their personal use, the English-language newspaper reported, citing a Dubai police source.

Sharia courts in Saudi Arabia impose tough penalties for drug-related charges, and drug trafficking is punishable by death in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

The United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a member, also imposes severe penalties for all drug-related offences.
It'll be curious to see if as a judge he's treater harsher than usual or with more leniency.

He'll probably have his wife take the fall for him.

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