30 Apr 2013

UK trio sentenced to prison for drugs in Dubai

6:19 am on 30 April 2013

A court in Dubai has sentenced three British men to prison for four years each after they were found guilty of drugs offences.

Suneet Jeerh, 25, Grant Cameron, 25, and Karl Williams, 26, all of London, were found guilty on Monday of possessing synthetic cannabis. Other charges of supply, which can carry longer terms, were dropped.

The BBC reports the men, who denied all the charges, will be deported after their sentences.

They claim they were tortured by police following their arrest while on holiday in the Gulf state in July.

Cameron's mother Tracy said they were "really happy" with the outcome, as they had expected harsher sentences.

Mrs Cameron said the men have always protested their innocence and the trial should never have went ahead because they were tortured.

She said they will appeal against the sentences and the families were hoping they would receive a pardon from the United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.

Reprieve, a legal rights charity said it had seen notes from the Foreign Office that "documented the marks and scars".

It added that the men were forced to sign documents in Arabic - a language none of them understands - which were used as evidence.