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The usual e-xcuse

india Updated: Jun 07, 2007 03:05 IST

It’s tricky when 0.4 mg of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) aka Ecstasy lands in your bag and you never knew that you packed it in your luggage. It happens. DJ Aqeel aka Aqeel Ali was caught in Dubai Airport with a small amount of the party drug in his bag. The jury is out on this and we do agree with the happy lot that one or two pops of the stuff — especially when your ‘day job’ is that of a disc jockey mixing music at night clubs — shouldn’t merit some time in the clink. But at the same time, we can’t but be intrigued by that rather brilliant (so what if it’s clichéd) excuse: ‘But I have no idea how it got inside my bag.’

And it’s not only mind-altering substances in bags that get this sort of treatment. Not too long ago, industrialist Nusli Wadia was detained in the same Dubai Airport for carrying an undeclared revolver and live cartridges in his baggage. The explanation then was that Mr Wadia, a busy person, was leaving in a hurry and asked his staff to pack his bag. The staff apparently stuffed an old toilet bag in his luggage. The old toilet bag, as is wont with old toilet bags, contained a gun.

DJ Aqeel has been released after no traces of any drug was found in his bloodstream and after being questioned by Dubai authorities. As for how we ended up being so blasé about drug charges, we have no idea who wrote this editorial.