The Court of Appeal here has upheld a lower court verdict sentencing an Indian fisherman to four years imprisonment to be followed by deportation for drug abuse.
Sileem Murad had moved the Appeal Court after the Fujairah Court of First Instance sentenced him on June 25 to four years in jail to be followed by deportation.
Rafiq Muhammad Admitan, head boatman aboard a fishing vessel, had on May 20 this year lodged a complaint with the police that his Indian crew member Sileem Murad had been missing for the past two days and he feared for the latter's safety.
Consequently, the police launched a manhunt and traced him. Starting with their standard procedure of first investigating the complainant, the police personnel took his urine sample for testing.
He tested positive for drugs. Traces of Hashish and Codeine were allegedly found in the sample.
The accused was arrested and, on interrogation, claimed that he is accustomed to taking certain pills that were prescribed for him in India after he suffered bouts of internal pain.
The accused was then referred to the Fujairah Court of First Instance.