British man facing death penalty in Abu Dhabi after selling undercover policeman less than 300 pounds of cannabis
A British man is facing death by firing squad after being caught selling less than 300 of cannabis to an undercover police officer in the United Arab Emirates. The 21-year-old man was sentenced to death alongside his 19-year-old Syrian accomplice in a court in the strict Muslim emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The two men, who have not been named, were caught selling 20 grams of marijuana with a street value of L262 to a detective posing as a customer.
The last execution to be carried out in the UAE was in February last year, when a man convicted of the rape and murder of a child was sentenced to death by firing squad.
Last night the Foreign Office was unable to confirm the details of the case or name of the man but a spokesman confirmed the sentence.
He said: ‘I can confirm that a British national is facing death penalty in the UAE.
‘We remain in close contact with the British national and his legal team and continue to provide consular assistance.’