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Israeli woman sentenced to death - Radha Stirling issues statement

Detained in Dubai CEO Radha Stirling discusses the UAE's haphazard judicial system where onlookers should reserve judgement.

In a statement today, Detained in Dubai CEO Radha Stirling who has dealt with numerous drugs related cases, commented on the recent death sentence handed down to Israeli national Fida Kewan in Abu Dhabi over charges that the woman possessed half a kilo of cocaine in her apartment:

“The media should be aware that official outlets in the UAE report criminal cases based exclusively on information provided by the Public Prosecutor’s office, and that the facts of the case may prove to be radically different from those initially released. We have seen numerous cases, such as those of Andy Neal and Billy Hood, in which grossly exaggerated or entirely fabricated accusations were made against innocent people.

“Typically, accused individuals have very limited access to present their side of the story or to defend themselves against charges in the UAE court system. After 15 years of experience, we have learned to regard criminal charges in the Emirates with extreme scepticism, and very often discover that the facts of the case have been drastically misrepresented. In police custody, Ms. Kewan will almost certainly have been subjected to intimidation, coercion, and denial of due process; as this has become common and documented practice in the UAE.