Five Britons have been detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the past two weeks on drug charges, a British consulate spokesman said Monday.
"The five Britons have been detained by Ras al-Khaimah police for drug-related offences. Consular staff visited them on November 12 to make sure they have access to legal representation," Jon Yarrow told AFP.
The spokesman said the consulate was informed of their detention by Emirati authorities on November 7, but like the Foreign Office in London he declined to give further details.
The Gulf News said the suspects, three of them women, were allegedly part of an eight-member gang including an Australian woman and two Arabs who had set up "a web site (on the Internet) which provided veiled information on drug dens."
Most of the suspects, including an air hostess, were rounded up in Dubai, a fellow member of the UAE federation along with Ras al-Khaimah, further north along the Gulf coast, police told the newspaper.
The gang operated between the two emirates, according to police.
Several foreigners have been sentenced to death over the past two years under a 1995 law that lays down capital punishment for drug trafficking. But no executions -- normally by firing squad in the UAE -- have been announced -- DUBAI (AFP)
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