A passenger has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by a Dubai Court for smuggling 1.35kg of cocaine during transit in a handbag that he claimed to be carrying for his uncle in Thailand.
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The passenger denied he carried anything to claim when asked by the customs inspector who spotted strange objects in a small bag.
The passenger pleaded not guilty when he stood before the Dubai Court of First Instance in December, claiming the case was fabricated against him.
On Monday, the accused was also slapped a Dh50,000 fine. He will be deported after serving his jail term.
The ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.
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